Physical Activity, Weight, and Waist Circumference in Midlife Women

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Health Care For Women International (Impact Factor: 0.63). 12/2012; 33(12):1086-95. DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2012.673658
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During midlife years, women are at risk of increasing body weight and waist circumference. We evaluated changes in weight and waist circumference from enrollment to 2 years later and examined the influence of physical activity level on those changes among 232 women aged between 40 and 50. Weight increased significantly for the entire sample. Those who increased their physical activity from enrollment to 2 years later had the smallest increase in weight and had a slight decrease in waist circumference. To maintain ideal weight and waist circumference, midlife women should be encouraged to increase physical activity before and during the menopausal transition.

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    • "Okura et al. (2005) also demonstrated with a group of pre and postmenopausal women that 10 weeks of nutritional control and step classes were enough to reduce visceral adipose tissue. Choi et al. (2012) analyzed the body mass and the WC in 232 women between 40 and 50 years old during 2 years; they found a slight reduction of WC in those who increased their physical activity. Authors suggest that women must be motivated to do more physical activity before and after menopause. "
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