From age 40s to 50s, maintaining a normal body weight becomes more difficult. Especially after menopause, women can easily accumulate abdomen fat, and thus increase more body weight. When your body shifts to more fat, your muscle tend to decrease, and your metabolism starts to slow down.
Menopause may change hormone levels, but this does not directly cause weight gain. Instead, aging and unhealthy lifestyles can often cause weigh gain. Menopausal women often have less physical exercise, leading to weight gain.
Menopause weight gain may cause serious health issues, such as high cholesterol, heart disease and some diabetes.