Health

Why are middle-aged women prone to belly fat?


When I was a girl, I always kept a standard waist, but when I got married and had children, I couldn’t get the desired size even though I worked hard. (Thuong, 58 years old, Hai Phong)

Recently, the bust is getting bigger and bigger, the fat accumulates a lot even though my diet is very healthy. What should I do to improve this situation?

Answer:

As a woman enters middle age, a woman’s metabolic rate slows down, burning fewer calories. Therefore, it is easy for women to gain weight if they keep the same diet without cutting calories. Not to mention, fat often accumulates in unwanted places on the body, especially the waist area. Hormonal changes in the body of perimenopausal women lead to fat accumulation in the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

In addition to subcutaneous fat, the visceral fat that surrounds the organs can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In both men and women with abdominal obesity, the risk of gallbladder cancer increased by 83%, kidney cancer by 39%, and liver cancer by 25%. Bowel and breast cancer rates increased by 14% and 11%, respectively. The overall increased risk of all 24 cancers was assessed as 5% if a person had high levels of visceral fat.

Some other reasons can also make middle-aged women easy to gain weight, belly fat such as less exercise and movement, often stress. Unscientific eating, sleep disorders or side effects of medications make the weight loss process more difficult.

After menopause, starch consumption is no longer as effective as before. Therefore, a diet rich in rice and starch such as vermicelli, vermicelli, porridge, and pho will increasingly aggravate the problem of belly fat.

Women need to exercise regularly to stay healthy and support weight control. Eat lots of fruits and nuts. Get enough sleep every day. Manage stress, live optimistically, keep your mind at ease.

When there are signs of excessive weight gain, women should see a doctor for advice on proper nutrition and exercise to control weight and reduce disease.

Doctor Phan Chi Thanh

Department of Examination, National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology

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