Obesity puts a tremendous amount of pressure on weight bearing joints. Our body is not meant to support this type of excess weight. Thus, being overweight-obese can lead to joint pain, lack of joint mobility, stiffness, joint tenderness and joint deformity. All of this leads you to be even less active, which makes you even more overweight, which then turns into a viscous cycle.
Osteoarthritis (joint arthritis) is a common disorder among those who are overweight or obese.
According to research experts, for every un-needed pound of body weight, a knee joint, for example, bears an extra three pounds of pressure. Thus losing 10 pounds will take about 30 pounds off your joints. So, if you are overweight by 50 or 100 pounds, losing 10 or 15 pounds will make a significant difference.
How Can Weight Loss improve Joint Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)?
Numerous medical research studies have established a direct link between obesity and osteoarthritis. According to published research studies, individuals who are overweight are at least four to five times more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Thus, reducing the amount of weight that our joints are supporting can reduce the symptoms of joint disease, and in many cases, eliminate the symptoms altogether.