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Table 3 Weight change patterns after diagnosis of breast cancer

From: Weight before and after a diagnosis of breast cancer or ductal carcinoma in situ: a national Australian survey

N (%)
Self-reported weight gain pattern   17 (5.5%)
Weight gain18663.7% 
Weight loss3813.0% 
Calculated % weight change from baseline   32 (10.4%)
Weight loss6222.4% 
<5% weight gain5319.1% 
5–10% weight gain6423.1% 
>10% weight gain9835.4% 
Calculated weight change   32 (10.4%)
Weight loss6222.4% 
Weight gain up to 5 kg7527.1% 
Weight gain ≥5 kg and < 10 kg7527.1% 
Weight gain ≥10 kg and < 20 kg186.5% 
Weight gain >20 kg4717.0% 
Timing of weight gaina (n = 186)
 <6 months post diagnosis4725.3% 
6–12 months post diagnosis6032.3% 
12–18 months post diagnosis3820.4% 
18–24 months post diagnosis168.6% 
2–3 years post diagnosis147.5% 
>3 years post diagnosis115.9% 
Change in BMI classification from time of diagnosis to time of survey (n = 270)
 Weight gainHealthy to overweight4918.2% 
Overweight to obese4014.8% 
Healthy to obese51.9% 
Underweight to healthy weight<51.5% 
Underweight to overweight<50.4% 
 StableRemained in healthy range6925.6% 
Remained in overweight range3914.4% 
Remained in obese range4014.8% 
Remained in underweight range83.0% 
 Weight lossHealthy weight to underweight31.1% 
Obese or overweight to healthy weight62.2% 
Overweight to underweight<50.4% 
Obese to overweight51.9% 
  1. athis question was answered only if respondents had selected “gained weight overall”; BMI=Body Mass Index; Underweight = BMI < 20; Healthy weight = BMI > 20 and < 25; Overweight = BMI > 25 and < 30; Obese = BMI > 30