Back Pain

Does Obesity cause Back Pain?

Anyone that is overweight can have minor to major problems involving pain throughout the body. It all depends on how severe the obesity is.

Many studies have been conducted and the results always involve more medical problems for individuals such as arthritis, diabetes, and back pain.

Why the back? When you become overweight, the abdominal region becomes a major area of collecting and storing fats that aren’t used for energy; it becomes weak. This happens because of foods ingested such as those high in fat, and how physically active you are, and amongst many other reasons.

With the abdominal muscles being weaker, posture becomes an issue, which involves many back muscles. The body takes on a hunched position, or becomes “slouched” since the abdominals can’t support the back muscles properly. Also, with not being active, many muscles in the body, including the back, aren’t being strengthened so it can support itself.

What can I do to relieve the pain?

Back Pain

When in doubt, contact your physician or professionals such as us at Premier Physicians. Proper knowledge and education has been administered to help those in this situation. Instruction can be given to program a treatment plan that fits your needs. This might include a diet plan, medication if the pain is severe, exercise goals, and more.

You can start now by ingesting healthier foods to give your muscles the protein and nutrition they need to stay strong. Become active to strengthen your core, in other words your abdominal region, to help your posture and back muscles regain their proper purpose.

Is being obese really that detrimental to my health?

Keep in mind that people who are obese are in pain more often. As mentioned above, because of obesity other problems such as diabetes can be more likely to occur.

A study by the Gallup organization was done from 2008 to 2010. They found that, “Compared to normal-weight people in the survey, people in the overweight group, those with BMIs between 25 and 29 had about 20% more pain. People with BMIs between 30 and 34 (obese) had about 68% more pain. Those with BMIs between 35 and 39 (obese) had 136% more pain, and those with BMIs over 40 (extreme obesity) reported having 254% more pain.” (BMI meaning “body mass index”, a system that calculates a numerical value of how much fat percentage an adult individual has by their height and weight.) Being obese is never the healthier option. In particular with back pain, it can lead to greater chronic pain and severe disorders, even deformities. Contact us today for more information about obesity and how to avoid its involving problems. Remember it’s never too late to change your lifestyle to a healthier one.

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