Research has shown that obese people are more likely to suffer from pain. If you are overweight, or obese, you can try to prevent possible weight-related pain in your future by reducing your weight.
Extra weight can increase the load on your joints, muscles and bones, and this pressure can cause pain in your knees, hips and back. Weight around your middle can increase tension on your back by pulling the pelvis forward, and this can result in low back pain.
Extra weight also increases the risk of injury during activity, as the chances of falls, trips and stumbles rise with obesity. Each unit increase in body mass index (BMI) will increase the risk of injury by 6–10%.1 However, this does not mean you should not exercise if you are overweight. On the contrary, a moderate-intensity exercise program, like walking 150–300 minutes per week, will enhance long-term weight loss maintenance, and poses no greater risk of injury compared to dietary intervention without set exercise goals.
Talk to your healthcare professional about what you can do to maintain a healthy weight. Every person is unique, and what you need may be different to someone else. Focus on maintaining a healthy diet that is balanced and full of nutrients and keeping active.
1. Janney CA & Jakicic JM. International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity 2010;7(1):1.
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