Whether it’s extra weight gained from holiday eating or excess weight you’ve carried for years, the new year is the perfect time to lose it.
I’ve written before about reasons to maintain a healthy weight at Why Obesity matters. Multiple health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, even cancer can stem from excess weight.
But here’s another reason to shed those excess pounds or kilos- pain.
Obesity increases the risk of chronic pain especially back pain , and weight loss leads to significant decrease in pain, sometimes more effectively than medications and surgery.
Pain management specialists discussed the relationship of obesity and back pain at the American Academy of Pain medicine annual meeting. Medical research studies conducted at the Mayo Clinic linked obesity to back pain. Other studies implicated obesity in cases of arm, knee, hip and back pain in adolescents as well as elderly people.
A study from Norway of 64000 people showed
people with a BMI greater than 30
were more likely to develop low back pain
than those with a BMI under 25.
And an Australian study showed that both
obesity and smoking are related to back pain.
So don’t just resolve to lose weight,
set a goal
make a plan
put it into action
Here is a recap of this blog’s obesity related information to help you get started.
How achieving emotional healing can lead to weight loss
How a woman kicked her addiction to junk food and now helps others to do the same
Comparing different weight loss programs
How attitudes affect weight loss efforts
Please share your goals and how you plan to make it happen.