Obesity Arthritis and Lack of Exercise

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Obese adults who have arthritis are more likely to skip exercise, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at the link between obesity, arthritis and lack of exercise in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Obese adults with arthritis are 44 percent more likely to be physically inactive than obese people who do not suffer from the painful disease that causes inflammation and stiffness of the joints.

According to a Centers for Disease Control report, arthritis is common in adults who are obese. And arthritis-related joint pain may reduce or discourage physical activity among obese adults, the report says.

The report says arthritis affects 36 percent of obese adults in the United States and that it may be a potential barrier that prevents the exercise that could lead to weight loss and help make people feel better.

The CDC calls for more self-management, education and physical activity programs for adults with arthritis.

An estimated 50 million Americans have arthritis and 72 million are obese; about one in three adults with obesity also has arthritis.

Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming and biking are generally safe and appropriate for people with obesity and arthritis and can help with weight loss as well as reducing joint pain.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.