Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Caution road signAt some times in your life, you’re likely to gain weight more readily than others. As these are high-risk times for weight gain, it helps to be aware of them. This page tells you about some common danger times and gives some tips on what you can do to manage them.

Teenage years

This is a time of growing independence from family and family routines. For teenagers, especially those who spend lots of time out of the family home, meals tend to become more irregular. For many teenagers, it is easier, and can be cheaper also, to choose unhealthy foods and drinks.

Teenagers may spend more time sitting at the computer and on the couch, and less time engaged in physical activities than they did when younger. Hormonal changes in teenage girls can put them at risk of weight change. This can also be a high-risk time for eating disorders and disturbed body image.

For more information, visit the For teenage website.

Early adulthood

Big changes take place in early adulthood. Most young adults do less physical activity, with organised sport often dropping off the agenda once school is finished. Many young adults make different choices about foods and drinks once they leave home (and they no longer rely on their parents’ home cooking). Many young adults also start drinking alcoholic drinks, which are high in kilojoules.


Midlife is a time when many people find they have more demands on their time and less time for themselves. This lack of time may be one reason for the development of unhealthy dietary and physical activity habits.

For more information, visit the Midlife website


Women need to gain weight during pregnancy, but some gain more than is needed. It can be difficult for some women to lose that weight after the baby’s birth, particularly if they stop breastfeeding early. And they are then more likely to gain – and retain – extra weight with the next pregnancy.

For more information, visit the For pregnant woman.


It is common for women to put on weight quite quickly around the time of menopause. The reason for this is not clear. Biological changes occur at this time, which may be a factor, but changes in eating and physical activity behaviour may also contribute.