The Relationship between Obesity and Chronic Pain

According to a new study published by the American Pain Society, pain and obesity are linked to both family history and mood disorder conditions. The study, outlined in the Journal of Pain, looked at how both psychological factors and family history impacted the relationship between pain and obesity.

In the study, researchers examined the data of over 3,000 twins, looking into areas such as pain symptoms, pain diagnosis, depression, obesity, and family factors. The study results indicated that obese and overweight twins had more physician-diagnosed headaches, low back pain, abdominal pain, and fibromyalgia.

Further, the study linked both chronic pain and obesity with family history and depression. Researchers noted that people who are depressed are more likely to avoid physical activities and social interactions. This leads to weight gain and ultimately more chronic pain as the pounds continue to add up.

What’s encouraging is that numerous studies have shown that weight loss, either from exercise or weight loss surgery both decreased pain and also improved depressive symptoms. People who have lost weight through bariatric surgery report improvement in both their wellbeing and self-esteem.

So, what can people do to tackle their weight loss goals and chronic pain problems in Ft. Myers, Florida? First, family members can be instrumental in helping loved ones who are depressed, obese and in chronic pain take steps to improve their health. Even encouraging simple physical activities such as walking can do a world of good in terms of pain reduction, depression, and weight loss. Simple lifestyle additions and changes, such as walking the dog, drinking water instead of soda, and eating more fruits and vegetables are all steps in the right direction.