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www.ProHealth.com • May 22, 2003


Losing weight can take pressure off of you knees. Every time you take a step, the force, or pressure, across your knees and hips is two to three times your body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, when you walk your knees and hips are shouldering the burden of closer to 450 pounds – a particular handicap for someone whose joints have deteriorated. To put it another way, if you gain 20 excess pounds you knees carry a burden of up to 120 extra pounds. The more weight you carry the more pressure there is on your joint. The more pressure on the join the more pain you may have, and the faster the joint deteriorates.


(Source: Nelson, et. al. Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis. G.P Putnam's Sons. New York: 2002)



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