Eating healthy may not stop women gaining weight once they hit middle age, according to research published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Chief investigator Professor Clare Collins, from the University of Newcastle, said the study used a sub-sample of women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) and compared their diet quality score, as assessed by the Australia Recommended Food Score.

The report comes after the World Health Organization estimated that obesity affected at least 500 million adults worldwide in 2008, with an additional 1.5 billion adults considered overweight.

In Australia, 54% of adults were considered overweight or obese between 2004 and 2005 and this combined percentage increased to 61.4% between 2007 and 2008.

Middle-aged women are at particular risk of weight gain due to the menopausal transition and at this life stage are likely to gain greater amounts of weight than men of the same age.

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