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How is obesity linked to osteoarthritis?

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Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition that most often affects the knee, hip, or back. Carrying extra pounds places extra pressure on these joints and wears away the cartilage (tissue cushioning the joints) that normally protects them.

Weight loss can ease stress on the knees, hips, and lower back and may improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

From: Health Risks Linked to Obesity WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

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