Most research around obesity focuses on the long-term health risks it presents. Greater likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease are among the reasons medical researchers, clinicians and epidemiologists are concerned about reducing the prevalence of the condition throughout the country.
An often overlooked variable is the manner in which diabetes affects people on a daily basis. According to a new study by Gallup found that obesity causes people to suffer on a daily basis. TheÂ Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index found that daily pain becomes increasingly more prevalent among people with higher body mass indexes.
[box type=”important”]Additional studies already concluded that pain and obesity were highly correlated. However, Gallup used a much larger sample size and used more control factors to isolate the association between obesity and chronic pain.[/box]
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index
TheÂ Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index polled more than 1 million people from around the country. Among the respondents, 38% were considered overweight while another 25% were classified as obese. Those who were classified as obese were placed into one of three weight classes by the World Health Organization.
Their findings concluded that daily pain was experienced by:
- 44.1% of citizens with a body mass index greater than 40.
- 34.7% of citizens with a body mass index of 35 to 40.
- 27.7% of citizens with a body mass index of 31 to 35.
Relationship Between Age and Pain
Only 18.9% of people with an average or below-average body mass index experience regular pain. Additionally, the study found that the pain was not always the result of other conditions such as diabetes or heart irregularities caused by obesity. After factoring out these conditions, they found that there was still a correlation between obesity and daily pain.
[box type=”note”]In addition to increasing the risk of developing debilitating diseases, obesity causes inflammation and arthritis. This could explain a significant amount of the pain that obese people are forced to endure on a regular basis.[/box]