Why do women gain weight after menopause, especially around the waist?
Scientists have discovered an enzyme that may encourage this tummy fat. It’s believed the enzyme is supressed by oestrogen. But, as oestrogen levels drop with menopause, it increases, encouraging weight gain. This is a problem because fat stored around our waist then wraps around our vital organs. Your best defence? Control how much saturated fat you eat by limiting your intake of foods like cakes, biscuits and chips.