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Long-term weight loss 'difficult' for postmenopausal women

Long-term weight loss 'difficult' for postmenopausal women
28th August 2012

Sustained weight loss is more difficult for postmenopausal women, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that some behaviours required for keeping off excess pounds aren't effective for postmenopausal women or suitable for being continued over a long period of time.

This follows on from previous investigations that suggest naturally declining energy expenditure makes weight loss difficult for older women.

Dr Bethany Barone Gibbs, lead investigator on the study, and her team claim that by understanding how behaviours reduce the likelihood of sustained weight loss, targeted interventions can be made to improve long-term obesity outcomes.

"If the goal is to reduce the burden of obesity, the focus must be on long-term strategies because changes in eating behaviours only associated with short-term weight loss are likely to be ineffective and unsustainable," Dr Barone Gibbs concluded.

This is important, as obesity has long been identified as a major risk factor for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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