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Why is it more difficult to lose the weight as we get older?

There are many contributing factors, says Sally Norton.

"Our body needs less energy than when we were growing adolescents, pregnant, breast-feeding or running around after young children and yet we often carry on eating the same food.

"We move less as our joints become a little less supple - and thus we lose muscle which is more metabolically active (ie, it burns energy).

"There is some evidence that lower levels of 'fat-burning' brown fat may contribute to the middle-age spread.

"Hormonal changes of the menopause, such as lower oestrogen levels, can increase fat storage and lower metabolic rate.

"And there are psychological reasons - maybe we have less to occupy our time as kids leave home, we may be caring for older relatives, be in high-pressure jobs or worrying about our own health or finances. All of which can cause stress and over-eating."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 10, 2014
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