Joint Problems

Joint problems, likely the most prevalent of weight-related health conditions, can be painful and affect your entire body. Excess weight puts a lot of strain on your joints, making them work much harder than they would otherwise. Because your joints feel three times the weight of every pound gained, even small weight changes can make a big difference in how your joints feel. For example, 10 pounds of extra body weight puts an extra 30 pounds of stress on your joints. Losing even a small amount of weight can have a big impact on joint pain and other joint problems.

Although losing weight may not reverse joint damage that has already occurred, research shows that even moderate weight loss can gradually eliminate joint pain and help prevent further damage. Weight-loss surgery can be extremely beneficial in combating joint pain associated with excess weight.