Weight gain is a common occurrence during menopause — and often an unwelcome one.

According to Mayo Clinic, women tend to notice some weight gain starting in the years leading up to menopause, a period called perimenopause, and it’s common for women to gain about 1.5 pounds (lb) each year of her fifties.

Extra fat usually appears around the belly, and it’s harder to shed these new extra pounds than it is earlier in adulthood, says Disha Narang, MD, the director of obesity medicine at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Narang says weight loss medication can help some people safely manage menopausal weight gain when exercise and eating a healthy diet may not be enough.


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