Why Being Overweight Causes Pain: 5 Facts

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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.


Walking

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


Climbing stairs

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


Weight gain increases risk

For every 10 pounds of excess weight gained, the risk of developing osteoarthritis increases by approximately 40 percent.


More than just the hips or knees

Obesity is a risk factor for developing arthritis in the knees, hips, hands and ankles.


Weight loss among women

Overweight women who lose as little as 11 pounds decrease their risk of developing arthritis by more than 50 percent.