Losing Weight Eases Obesity-related Pain. But How Much is Enough?

Losing Weight Eases Obesity-related Pain. But How Much is Enough?

Researchers have found that just a 10 percent reduction in body weight helped patients with obesity reduce discomfort not only in expected spots such as knees and hips but also in the abdomen, arm, chest, and jaw.

“It’s been known for some time that people who are obese tend to have higher levels of pain, generally speaking,” says Andrew Schrepf, PhD, a research investigator at Michigan Medicine’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center. “But the assumption has always been the pain is going to be in the knees, hips and lower back—parts of the body that are weight bearing.”

Among the 123 study participants, 99 were able to lose 10 percent or more of their body weight. Those individuals reported widespread improvement in pain compared to those who didn’t meet the target goal. And the diversity of physical areas of improvement suggests that joints aren’t the only conduit of body pain.

“What we think that means is the process of losing weight may be affecting the central mechanisms of pain control released to the brain and spinal cord,” said Schrepf.

Study participants who reached their weight goals also reported better mental health, improved cognition, and more energy compared to those who didn’t.

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