What a Pain

By Dietitian, Juliette Kellow BSc RD

New research from America shows that people who are obese are more susceptible to pain.

In the study, 62 people with osteoarthritis of the knee were given a mild electric shock in their ankle before and after a session aimed at helping them to learn how to relax in order to improve pain. Around a third of the people in the study were obese with a Body Mass Index of 30-35.

The researchers found that the obese subjects had a lower tolerance for the painful stimulation, despite reporting in questionnaires that they felt no more pain than the non-obese subjects. Charles Emery, the study’s lead author and a professor of psychology at Ohio State University said, “The relaxation procedure helped both groups cope with pain. But the obese participants still had a lower threshold for tolerating the pain.”

WLR says

Many obese people suffer with lots of physical aches and pains, particularly in the joints – and now this research shows they’re less likely to tolerate them, making life even more miserable. One of the best treatments for easing pain in weight-bearing joints such as the knees or ankles is to lose weight if you need to.

The advice on WLR website will help you to achieve this. So make a decision once and for all to shift those extra pounds – and both the mental and physical pain that often goes with them.

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