Indeed, obese people are more likely to have pain as others. Hips, knees, backs, shoulders… the list goes on and on:
Appearing this month in the journal Obesity, the study found that overweight people reported 20 per cent higher rates of pain than “normal” weight, and the higher the body weight, the greater the pain.
The obese group reported 68 per cent higher rates of pain; those with extreme, or “class III obesity” — meaning a body mass index of 40 or more, one of the fastest-growing weight classes in Canada — reported 254 per cent more pain.
“People who are obese are considerably more prone to having daily pain,” the authors write — and the association held after the team controlled for back, neck or other painful conditions.
However, a number of things have helped me limit the pain:
- Eating foods that help reduce inflammation. Fish and fish oil supplements, lots of veggies, limiting simple (white) carbs help.
- Core strengthening and stretching. I do Pilates for this; others like yoga. It helps improve my bad posture.
- I try to limit the drugs (tylenol = acetaminophen; aleve=naprosyn). Like the old man I’m becoming, I often smell like BenGay 🙂 But those menthol patched really do help my neck and shoulder pain.
For many people, the idea od losing weight to reduce cholesterol or blood pressure is an abstract thought. Reducing pain by losing weight is a tangible benefit!