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Weight cycling prevalence and clinical health outcomes in mid age women in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health


The number of people who are classified as overweight and obese has increased. Many people attempt to lose weight but unfortunately most people tend to regain the weight they have lost. Therefore people may experience weight loss and weight regain multiple times throughout their life. This has been termed weight cycling. These continued weight loss/regain cycles are thought to be harmful for health, however evidence is conflicting. Here we aim to identify how many women experience weight cycling, explore the characteristics of these women and determine whether weight cycling is associated with adverse health outcomes.