Obesity and Arthritis: Know the Risks

Chris Regal | Mar 29th 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to ______ times as much pressure with each step.
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If you are obese, your hips and knees may experience as much as three times as much pressure and force going through them each time you take a step, compared to a person of healthy weight.

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  1. If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to ______ times as much pressure with each step.

    Correct Answer: 3

    If you are obese, your hips and knees may experience as much as three times as much pressure and force going through them each time you take a step, compared to a person of healthy weight.

  2. If you are obese, your knees and hips experience up to _______ times as much pressure when walking down a flight of stairs.

    Correct Answer: 6

    When you walk down a flight of stairs, if you are obese, your hips and knees may experience up to a six-fold increase in pressure.

  3. For every ten pounds of excess weight gained, the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases by approximately:

    Correct Answer: 40%

    The risk of developing arthritis increases by approximately 40 percent with every ten pounds of excess weight gain! Of course, there are many health risks with carrying excess weight. Developing osteoarthritis is one of these health risks.

  4. Obesity is a risk factor for:

    Correct Answer: All of the above

    Obesity is a risk factor for all of these. Investigators believe that, in addition to the clear biomechanic stresses that obesity places on weight-bearing joints, obesity may increase the risk in other joints as well by altering hormonal factors.

  5. Overweight women who lose as little as 11 pounds decrease their risk of developing arthritis by more than:

    Correct Answer: 50%

    Research shows that women who lose as little as 11 pounds reduce their risk of developing arthritis of the knee by more than 50 percent.