Joint Problems, Osteoarthritis & Obesity1

If you are overweight or obese, your body is simply heavier. For your joints, more weight means more wear and tear. And more wear and tear means your joints and cartilage can literally start to disintegrate under the pressure. That means pain, and loss of easy movement.

The good news? Arthritis symptoms may improve when you lose weight. If you have osteoarthritis, you can take steps that will help you take it easy on your joints and cartilage, including:

1. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at