What is obesity?
First off, let us define what obesity is. Obesity can be defined as having a BMI or body mass that is above 29. You can compute for your BMI by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, then dividing it by your height in inches. Take the result, and divide it again by your height in inches, and you will get your BMI.
Being obese can cause a number of health problems since the added fat and weight puts extra strain on the body. This means that your heart needs to pump harder, your lungs need to take in more air, and your blood pressure increases in order to compensate for the added mass.
In addition, you are also putting more strain on your muscles and your joints. The heavier you are, the more difficult it will be for your musculoskeletal system to support your weight. This can cause damage to your joints, and can make it difficult for your muscles to support your movement.
Because of this, people with obesity might find it hard to start exercising to lose weight. Some might even injure themselves because their bodies are not capable of handling the movement required for certain exercises.
If people with obesity are not able to exercise, then their condition will just get worse. This is why it is important to be mindful of the connection between obesity and musculoskeletal disorders in order to make it easier for people with obesity to exercise.
Obesity and musculoskeletal disorders
What effect does obesity have on the musculoskeletal system?
Musculoskeletal disorders are disorders that affects a person’s muscles, joints, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Musculoskeletal disorders can make it difficult for a person to move a certain way, or cause significant pain.
What are some musculoskeletal disorders caused by obesity?
Here are some musculoskeletal disorders that can be caused by obesity:
Obesity can increase the risk of fractures
Because of the additional weight, they are more prone to having more fractures, particularly in the lower extremities. This stems from the fact that their bones carry a heavier load compared to those with normal weight. The bones are not always able to support this weight, and when an obese person falls or suffers an injury, fractures can happen easier.