When Weight Changes with Time*

There are a lot of different aspects of life that tend to change with age. Your energy level is definitely one of them, as is your patience and your personal interests. Many of these changes we look at as inevitable, as a sign of growing older. Sometimes we even associate these changes with maturity and look back at the ways of youth as something that everyone will inevitably grow out of. But is having a healthy weight one of those changes?

Most people will gain weight as they age, but only recently have researchers realized just how consistent this change over time really is. A team of researchers out of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore found that adults tend to gain weight during one of the biggest life transition periods: from the age of 29 to 39. What’s more, this weight gain trend is typically permanent. What this means in terms of numbers is that during this 10-year span, most men put on an average of about 15 additional lbs, while most women will put on at least an additional 7 lbs. The weight gain is typically gradual, but the reality is that by the end of the decade, most men and women are going to be one or two pant sizes larger than they were at the start of it.

There are plenty of reasons as to why this 10 year period is marked by such profound changes in body mass. This is typically the age during which most people are finding full-time employment and settling into their careers, as well as purchasing homes and starting families. The way that your daily schedule looks during this pivotal time of life may not lend much to your ability to exercise or follow a healthy diet. The less time you have to dedicate to exercising and preparing healthy meals, the less likely you will be able to maintain your healthy weight level.

If you are at the other end of this life-change and are dealing with those extra pounds, working with a medical weight loss program is going to be the most effective way to return to your old healthy weight. The unfortunate reality is that while just about everyone will put on a minimum of 7-15 lbs during this 10 year period, there are many who find themselves putting on much more, and in this case weight loss surgery could be a highly helpful resource. Talk with your weight loss surgeon to find out what options may be best for you.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.