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What are the risks of weight gain after menopause?

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Many of the risks of weight gain are well known -- high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, to name a few. Extra fat at your waistline raises these risks more. Unfortunately, a bigger waistline is more likely after menopause. If you now have a waist measurement of more than 35 inches, it's time to take steps to reverse this trend.

SOURCES:

Obesity Society: "Obesity in U.S. Adults: 2007."

Consumer Reports : "Working up a sweat helps women deal with menopause" and "Stay active and fit."

Weight Control Information Network: "Understanding Obesity."

Medscape: "Exercise, Weight Gain, and Menopause."

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

American Council on Fitness: "Exercise and Menopause."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Obesity Society: "Obesity in U.S. Adults: 2007."

Consumer Reports : "Working up a sweat helps women deal with menopause" and "Stay active and fit."

Weight Control Information Network: "Understanding Obesity."

Medscape: "Exercise, Weight Gain, and Menopause."

American Osteopathic Association: "Exercise in Post-Menopausal Women."

American Council on Fitness: "Exercise and Menopause."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

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