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Readers Respond: Tired of Hearing About Overweight and Osteoarthritis?

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Updated December 01, 2012

From the article: Eat Right and Eat Less
It is a known fact that being overweight adds burden to your weightbearing joints and increases your risk of osteoarthritis. If you already have osteoarthritis, being overweight may worsen joint function and lead to disability. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emphasized the importance of weight management for the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis in their 2010 publication of A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis.

Do you understand the importance of maintaining your ideal weight to lower your risk of developing osteoarthritis or to preserve joint function if you have the disease? Or, do discussions about weight management and osteoarthritis frustrate you because it's difficult to lose extra pounds? Do you feel guilty about what you can't control or do you realize you need to work harder at controlling your weight?

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