Let’s Blow This Joint

February 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm 6 comments

Stop for a second and think of the three places in the human body that are the most impacted by weight gain. Go ahead, I’m waiting and this sentence is here so that you have to do it before reading on. If you’re like me you thought of the waistline, thighs, behind, maybe arms. I’m guessing that you didn’t think of your joints first. An article put out by CNN today talks about a study done by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Here’s what they found:

  • Between 1997 and 2007 the number of knee replacements doubled
  • During this same time period the proportion of obese individuals in the population increased by 15%

You may be wondering what the big deal is, I mean we are an aging society and shouldn’t the elderly be needing their knees replaced by now? Well, that’s not all they looked at in the study. They followed individuals who had to have knee surgery and found that those who were overweight or obese experienced a lot of complications that their average weight counterparts did not. The article concludes by saying that many of these complications can be relieved by weight loss.

If you’re overweight or obese exercising can hurt your joints, but if you don’t lose weight and put excess pressure on your joints you’re much more likely to need to surgery, which is in turn made more difficult by complications because of your weight. So, here’s my question to you America, how do you lose the weight and lose it safely? If you google “joint  healthy exercises for overweight people” you come up with a lot of advice for the elderly with arthritis, but not a lot for the young and desperate. The following link to  livestrong.com (the website inspired by Lance Armstrong the famous cyclist) offers the following suggestions:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

But what do you do? What works for you? I personally bike 3 times a week and I love it, but what if you’re not into any of these things, what do you think can help you improve your joint health and help you to be healthier?


Entry filed under: statistics, weight, weight loss.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. emilymclane1  |  March 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Interesting! I have never thought about the joints but it makes sense! I think swimming is awesome and so easy on the joints. I am all about the elliptical, light weight lifting, walks, and a healthy diet.

  • 2. huisha  |  March 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    This is my own personal opinion, but i think that the elliptical is another great workout machine that reduces joint pressure rather than running or walking because you are able to glide on the machine rather than putting so much pressure when you take a step. But that is definitely an interesting study.

  • 3. Luma Masarweh  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I had some obese family members who had to get surgery on their joints because the strain they are putting on their join because of the weight.
    Thank you for spreading the word on this issue i am sure many people don’t think of joints when they gain weight

  • 4. joeytn  |  March 30, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I recently was shadowing a orthopedic surgeon and watched multiple complete knee replacement surgeries and they are brutal. Definitely not worth it in the long run if you can lose weight now!

  • 5. allysong21  |  April 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I think this is definitely something that needs to be paid attention to. A lot of the joint problems plaguing Americans can be reduced and eliminated through weight reduction. Granted, there are several other causes of joint pain and problems, but weight is a major contributor. Any kind of exercise that improves joint health is great! I think that there has got to be some form of exercise for everyone, and even if it takes trying a few different activities, there is something that each person can find enjoyable and beneficial to their health.

  • 6. natalieluna  |  April 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Very interesting and so true! I don’t think a lot of people realize the impact they put on their joints because of their weight.


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