The study reviewed is very interesting because the investigators tried to verify the accuracy of small scale studies which showed a connection between central obesity and pain (Stone AA, Broderick JE. 2012). The study included 1,062,271 participants, so it was huge.
The survey included height and weight from which the body mass index (BMI) was computed as well as information on pain. The participants were divided in groups of low normal BMI, overweight and three categories of obese.
It was documented that the overweight group experienced 20% higher rates of pain compared to the group with low normal BMI. The rates of pain were 68% higher for the Obese I group, 136% higher for the Obese II group and 254% higher for the Obese III group.
The association was found in both men and women. The researchers concluded that BMI and daily pain are positively correlated in the United States.
An effective way to reduce weight and keep it off is to follow the recommendations outlined in Learn to Eat. If you lose weight this way, you will also improve many risk factors for chronic disease.