Obesity/ Being Overweight
The heavier you are the more strain there is on your body especially in the lower half such as you back hips and knees.
Common Signs & Symptoms
- Carrying too much body fat - a BMI of 25 and over
- Pain in the back, hips, knees or feet
- Generally worse with standing, walking and weight- bearing positions
- Easily tired or fatigue quickly
- Presence of medical problems such as diabetes, galbladder disease, heart disease, stroke, breathing difficulties, sleep apnoea, Osteoarthritis
The heavier you are the more strain there is on your body especially in the lower half such as you back hips and knees. Every 1 kilo of extra body fat you are carrying is equivalent to a standard bag of sugar, if you are 5 kilos (11lbs) overweight that is equivalent to carrying 5 bags of sugar around all day and your body is less efficient and gets sore and tired. Generally, the greater your body weight the more difficult it is to be active which leads to further weight gain and a cycle begins….
Other effects of being overweight are:
- Poor posture
- Osteoarthritis of any joint in the back or leg
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Muscle Imbalance - Weak Core
- Malalignment & Altered Biomechanics
- Medical Conditions
...and all these problems can cause pain.
Advice & Treatment
A combination of exercise, which improves your general strength, along with changes to your lifestyle and diet will help you to combat the effects of being overweight.
Top tips for losing weight
- Always ask yourself if you are hungry BEFORE you eat something
- Always take a large drink of water before you eat anything, you may be thirsty rather than hungry and the water will help to fill you up
- Eat a piece of fruit at the start of your meal
- Get off the bus a couple of stops early
- Walk to a destination rather than taking the car or a taxi
- Walk upstairs rather than taking the lift
Your doctor (or a personal trainer) can help you find your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is a measure of the percentage of body fat you carry. By knowing your BMI you can make individual goals and have a measure from which to mark your progress.
If you are not used to exercising, low impact exercise, such as walking, swimming or cycling, is the best type of activity to start with. Always check with your doctor first to make sure there are no medical reasons why you should not try your chosen exercise then begin at an easy pace for a distance which makes your heart rate rise andt you begin sweating and breathing harder. Take note of the distance and time that you exercise and then try to push on a little further next time. It is important to exercise at least 3-4 times each week and gradually, over a period of weeks, to increase the distance and time. Initially this can be uncomfortable but you should start to feel real benefit at about 6-8 weeks.