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January 2000 Issue

Small Weight Changes Have Big Impact

Gaining as few as five pounds can greatly diminish quality of life by making physical tasks more difficult, say Harvard researchers. Conversely, modest weight loss can make it easier to perform everyday activities, like climbing stairs and carrying groceries.In a study of over 40,000 women, ages 46 to 71, those who gained five to 20 pounds over four years reported declines in vitality and increased aches and pains compared to women who maintained

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