Adults with Arthritis Often Battle Obesity

Doctors who treat people with arthritis should encourage their patients to seek physical activity and weight loss, researchers say.

That’s because the number of people with arthritis are increasingly considered obese, according to a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The prevalence of obesity among adults with arthritis was 54 percent higher compared to those without arthritis. Obesity varies greatly from state to state.

A person is considered obese if their Body Mass Index ranks 30 or higher. The Body Mass Index uses height and weight.

Patients included in the study had been diagnosed at one time with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

CDC researchers believe that if more people with arthritis lost weight, they would need fewer knee replacements and live longer lives.

Carrying extra pounds on your body not only increases the pain caused by arthritis but it worsens any related disability, researchers noted. Arthritis also makes it harder for people to lose weight because it impairs their mobility.

An estimated 72.5 million adults are obese in the United States, and 50 million adults suffer from arthritis.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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