Being over weight and obese are recognized to cause significant health problems to an individual. Risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes increase with a growing BMI gradually. But that twinge of joint pain you experience every once in a while might be well connected to your weight as well, and surprisingly, it’s not limited by only weight-bearing joints.
Our bones play an important role in allowing body movement across a large flexibility. Have you ever wondered about how much weight your joint sustains from each bodily motion you make? When walking on level surface, the force exerted on your knees is said to be equivalent to one and a half times your total bodyweight. Which means an 80 kg man shall exert 120 kg of pressure on his legs with each step. When walking at an inclination, the pressure is greater. The drive on each leg is two to three times your total bodyweight as you climb.
Walking down a trip of stairs or squatting to tie your shoelaces, even picking up an item on the ground exerts as much as four to five times your total body weight on your knees. Given the considerable amount of pressure exerted, the increased risk of developing osteoarthritis in obese or obese individuals is often viewed as because of the extra stress exerted on weight-bearing joints. However, the effect of body weight on joint pain is not primarily due to physical exertion. Studies have now shown that inflammation rather than physical exertion … Read more