Overweight back pain is commonplace for people who are significantly larger than they should be and is especially prevalent in obese patients. Being overweight places inordinate stress on all the systems and structures of the body and does permanent damage to many of the bodies components. Far worse than back pain are the many dire complications associated with being overweight, so I always recommend getting down to a healthy body size as a priority for every person, with or without dorsopathy symptoms.
As a lifelong fitness professional, I really understand the struggle that some people have with weight, but hope that this article will help to put the real risks of obesity in perspective and maybe even cause some of you to become more proactive in your quest to be healthier.
More size and weight equals more stress applied to the spine, the back muscles and all the structures in the body. Additionally, force which is applied due to movement or trauma is magnified when the weight of the body works to increase it.
A disproportionate anatomy is not healthy, as it stresses many of the internal systems, including the immune system, the skeletal system, the cardiovascular system and the circulatory system, among others. It is well known by orthopedists and neurologists alike that being overweight makes a person far more susceptible to a variety of chronic pain issues. Back pain is just the start of the suffering. It is also a fact that obese people do not heal or recover as quickly from traumatic injury due to sluggish circulation and metabolism.
Finding balance in life is crucial. No one says that you have to be skinny, but by simply gradually reducing your body size using safe and conservative measures, you can improve your general health, lifespan and energy level drastically.
People who are height/weight proportionate are more functional, live longer and generally have fewer health complaints. This should be all the inspiration you need to give it a real try to get in better shape! If not, then consider that being overweight or obese puts you at risk for the most serious of all medical conditions, including hypertension, heart failure, stroke, embolism, diabetes and many, many other catastrophic issues.
Obesity is the single greatest threat to any person's health.
Ready to make a change yet?
I understand that losing weight can be difficult and knowing the best and safest ways to go about getting in shape can be a daunting task. There are many resources to help you, including doctors, physical therapists, personal trainers, nutritionists and counselors. All you need to do is put in the time and effort and you are sure to succeed. Do not fear asking for help, since the reward of losing weight is worth any trepidation you might feel.
I have been involved in helping people get in better shape my entire adult life and find that even the most difficult cases can be successful if the motivation is ignited. I hope that you will finally take action and decide that now is the time to start. It is never too late and the benefits will astound you! I recommend starting with our proven Back Exercises and Stretches book, which can be performed by anyone of any fitness level. You can find the book as part of our Cure Back Pain Forever Program.