Why Being Overweight Causes Pain: 5 Facts
HealthCentral Editorial Team Sep 28, 2012 (updated Sep 28, 2013)
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Obesity does not directly cause osteoarthritis, but it increases the amount of stress that the weight-bearing joints must carry and contributes to joint wear and tear. Here are five facts about how obesity and arthritis are linked.
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If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to three times as much pressure with each step.
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If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to six times as much pressure when walking down a flight of stairs.
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Weight gain increases risk
For every 10 pounds of excess weight gained, the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases by approximately 40 percent.
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More than just the hips or knees
Obesity is a risk factor for developing arthritis in the knees, hips, hands and ankles.
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Weight loss among women
Overweight women who lose as little as 11 pounds decrease their risk of developing arthritis by more than 50 percent.