MENOPAUSAL WEIGHT GAIN: IS IT REALLY INEVITABLE?Bushman, Barbara Ph.D., FACSMACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: September-October 2010 - Volume 14 - Issue 5 - p 12-18 doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181ed5712 Features Abstract In Brief Author Information LEARNING OBJECTIVES • To understand the role of exercise in preventing weight gain and undesirable body composition changes, which often occur around the time of menopause. • To understand energy balance and how it influences weight maintenance or weight gain/loss. • To recognize obesity and physical inactivity as risk factors for heart disease and other chronic diseases. • To understand the required activity levels needed to maintain or to lose weight. Menopause is a time often associated with increases in body weight and changes in body composition. Learn how these undesirable changes can be mitigated with lifestyle modifications, including regular physical activity. Barbara Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor at Missouri State University where her research focuses on the role of exercise for women throughout the life span, particularly the benefits of exercise at menopause. She is the lead author of ACSM's Action Plan for Menopause (Human Kinetics, 2005). © 2010 American College of Sports Medicine.