The Link to Osteoarthritis and Obesity
The Wear and Tear of Obesity: The Burden of Weight in Joint Disease
By: Jacqueline Jacques, ND
Some Interesting Facts
1. Osteoarthritis, also known as a degenerative joint disease in the world. in the U.S. alone, more than 27 million adults have a diagnosis of "O.A."
2. Obesity can put more weight on the "weight bearing joints." The primary weight bearing joints are the ankles, knees, and hips.
3. The O.A. Can develop due to wear and on any joint, but the ones that bare our weight are most susceptible because of the mechanical force placed on them.
4. As obesity becomes more prevalent, we continue to see a rise in arthritis. The percentage of arthritis cases linked directly to obesity has risen from 3% in 1971 to 18% in 2002.
5. A person with obesity is around 60% more likely to develop arthritis then someone of normal body weight.
6. One of the largest studies that looked at the relationship between weight and O.A. was the Framingham Study. In this study, more than 1,400 individuals who had their health tracked from 1948 to 1985 were given X-rays to look for O.A. of the knee. 33% of these people were found to have O.A.