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HHS HealthBeat (June 1, 2011)

Women, weight, and growing older

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

People commonly find it hard to take off the pound or two a year that most adults put on. But it can be done.

At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, researcher Anne McTiernan tried it with 439 overweight-to-obese women ages 50 to 75, because less is known about successful ways to lose weight for women in this age range. Some dieted at moderate levels, some exercised at moderate to vigorous levels, and some did both.

Those who did both lost the most weight. So McTiernan says:

``Most post-menopausal women should be able to lose weight successfully if they really stick with the program.’’ (6 seconds)

The study in the journal Obesity was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: May 31, 2011