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Post-menopause body types face shifting body proportions.

The term middle-age spread is something all women dread hearing. Here’s how it works: As women approach menopause, body fat tends to favor the upper body over the lower half, and as the body fat begins to increase, so does the midsection.

Even women who stay the same weight throughout menopause may notice a shift in body proportions by gaining a few inches around the waist. Most of the shifting can be attributed to hormone changes associated with menopause, leading to an increase in body fat and a loss of lean muscle mass.

Even though some of these changes may seem inevitable, you aren’t predestined to a life of increased belly fat just because you’re going through or have gone through menopause.

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