With the rise of obesity in America, one can only ponder the types of health conditions which may occur as a result.
According to the The Obesity Society, one-third of obese patients suffer from musculoskeletal conditions, specifically back pain. While there is no one specific reason why obese patients develop back pain, there are several contributing factors that increase the likelihood for back pain. Dr. Angela Hee explains:
“Being overweight can increase the stress and strain of the muscles and ligaments in the spine, especially in the lower back. The lower back curve can become distorted, causing the pelvis to tilt in an abnormally exaggerated manner. Poor posture, lack of spinal flexibility, and weak core muscles may lead to sprains and strains, nerve impingement, herniated discs, and degenerative arthritis.”
The key to a healthy diet and good nutrition is balance. People should consume adequate amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Consuming a balanced amount of recommended vitamins and nutrients is also important because certain nutrients and vitamins work in concert while others work against each other. A balanced diet should include a range of healthy foods and, if appropriate, nutritional supplements.
Gentle exercise will help greatly with weight loss, however be sure to discuss further with your doctor before attempting any type of exercise regiment.