The impact of obesity on the musculoskeletal system

  • Anandacoomarasamy A
  • Caterson I
  • Sambrook P
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Obesity is associated with a range of disabling musculoskeletal conditions in adults. As the prevalence of obesity increases, the societal burden of these chronic musculosketelal conditions, in terms of disability, health-related quality of life, and health-care costs, also increases. Research exploring the nature and strength of the associations between obesity and musculoskeletal conditions is accumulating, providing a better understanding of underlying mechanisms. Weight reduction is important in ameliorating some of the manifestations of musculoskeletal disease and improving function.

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  • Arthritis
  • Disability
  • Function
  • Musculoskeletal

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  • A. Anandacoomarasamy

  • I. Caterson

  • P. Sambrook

  • M. Fransen

  • L. March

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