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Clin Interv Aging. 2011;6:221-5. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S23574. Epub 2011 Aug 19.

Weight gain since menopause and its associations with weight loss maintenance in obese postmenopausal women.

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Research Centre on Aging, Health and Social Services Centre, University Institute of Geriatrics of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the association between weight gain since menopause and weight regain after a weight loss program.

METHODS:

Participants were 19 obese women who participated in a 15-week weight loss program and a 12-month follow-up. Main outcomes were: body composition, resting metabolic rate, energy intake, energy expenditure, and weight regain at follow-up.

RESULTS:

All body composition measures significantly decreased after intervention (all P ≤ 0.01) while all measures of fatness increased significantly after the 12-month follow-up (P ≤ 0.01). Body weight gain since menopause was associated with body weight regain (r = 0.65; P = 0.003) after follow-up even after adjustment for confounders.

CONCLUSION:

Weight gain since menopause is associated with body weight regain following the weight loss program. Therefore, weight gain since menopause should be considered as a factor influencing weight loss maintenance in older women.

KEYWORDS:

aging; body weight; obesity; postmenopausal women; weight regain

PMID:
21966216
PMCID:
PMC3180518
DOI:
10.2147/CIA.S23574
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