Correlation between overweight and osteoarthritis
Overweight leads to overstress of all weight carrying joints, especially the knee, hip and ankle joints. The consequences of this overstress are early signs of degeneration (osteoarthritis!) linked with pain in the affected joints.
Due to the pain caused by osteoarthritis, the mobility is restricted, limiting the person affected even more. The person tends to move less, causing like this a decrease of muscles and an increase of fat! Indeed, a vicious circle which can lead to a loss of quality of life in many ways.
The only thing one can do is to change one’s life style:
The first and most important thing is to reduce weight by preferring healthy food and much (but gentle!) exercise, reducing like this the stress on the joints and, in addition to that, on the circulation and the heart.
According to the definition of the World Health Organization (WHO) a BMI (Body Mass Index) between 20 – 25 is considered normal (depending on age, gender and fitness level). A BMI between 26 – 30, is considered overweight. If it exceeds 30, it is obesity (adiposis).
Here you can calculate your BMI:
How to get rid of too many kilos?
Unfortunately, there are no such things as miraculous cures, miraculous pills or panaceas. That would be too good to be true. The only path leading to the goal is less calories, more exercise. This doesn’t mean that you have to suffer from hunger! It just means eat healthier and reasonably – forever! The keyword is dietary change. There are lots of information on the internet about this subject.
The point in all methods to lose weight is the fact that you have to change your eating habits long term. Everything else is a sham and of very short duration, leading only to the yo-yo effect!
Exercise burns calories and is an essential part of every healthy method to lose weight. The type of exercise depends on the preferences, abilities and physical condition of the person concerned. If someone has overweight preference is given to joint-friendly types of exercise like swimming, Nordic walking and cycling. Jogging is not very joint-friendly anyway and if someone is already overweight even less. Of course, a couch potato will not turn into a sport fanatic overnight. But this is not necessary anyway. It is much more important to exercise on a regular basis. What helps too is moving more in everyday life, like for example take the stairs instead of the lift and the bicycle instead of the car.
If your pounds melt away, you and your joints will be happy. The less they hurt, the more your zest for life will come back. You’ll know that you have achieved your aim and can be proud of yourself!