Role of Body Weight on Arthritis | Arthritis.com

How Your BMI Affects Arthritis and Joint Pain

How Your BMI Affects Arthritis and Joint Pain*

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How Your BMI Affects Arthritis and Joint Pain*

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BMI stands for body mass index, an estimate of your body fat based on your weight and height. It’s a more reliable indicator of body fat than weight alone, because it takes into account your body structure. Knowing your BMI can help you and your doctor determine if you're at a healthy weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight can benefit joints already affected by arthritis. Did you know that 1 pound of weight puts an additional 4 pounds of pressure on knees? You can help reduce joint pain by shedding pounds. Doing so can also help decrease your risk of developing arthritis in joints not already affected and lower the chances that you'll need a joint replacement.

Though there are many diets and exercise programs out there, the simplest way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.

“Maintaining a healthy weight can benefit joints already affected by arthritis."

*Be sure to check with your healthcare professional before starting a weight loss plan.