Weight Management Resources
Managing your weight with a healthy diet and physical activity can help you reduce your pain. For every 1 pound of weight loss, there is 4 pounds of relief on your knees. Losing 15 pounds can cut knee pain in half
Background Information on the Vicious Cycle of Obesity, Osteoarthritis (OA) and Disability
People who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to develop knee OA and therefore less likely to need major surgical procedures to treat OA symptoms. Higher body mass index (BMI) is not only a major risk factor for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature death but is also implicated as a cause of OA.
Educational materials for people with joint pain and excess weight
The OA Action Alliance has created pamphlets to assist individuals affected by excess weight and who are experiencing joint pain or have been diagnosed with arthritis to take action steps to improve their joint pain.
Weight Gain and Joint Pain
Can My Weight Make My Joint Pain Worse?
Resources from the Obesity Action Coalition:
- “Excess Weight and Your Health – A Guide to Effective, Healthy Weight Loss.”- Guidebook and Video
- Obesity and Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet
- “Connecting Osteoarthritis and Obesity” – Kirsten Ambrose, MS, CCRC, Your Weight Matters Magazine, Summer 2016
- “The Wear and Tear of Obesity: the Burden of Weight in Joint Disease” – Jacqueline Jacques, ND; OAC website- Educational Resources>Resource Articles>Obesity-related Diseases
- How Obesity Affects Arthritis – Leni Ellen Kramer, MD, FACR; OAC website- Educational Resources>Resource Articles>Obesity-related Diseases
- Are you getting enough Vitamin D? – Marie A. Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD; OAC website- Educational Resources>Resource Articles>Nutrition
- Walk into Weight Loss and Health – Mira Rasmussen, BS, ACSM-HFS; OAC website- Educational Resources>Resource Articles>Exercise
- National Obesity Care Week Resources for Patients
Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- How to avoid portion size pitfalls to help manage your weight https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/portion_size_pitfalls.pdf
- Rethink your drink https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/rethink_your_drink.pdf
- Eat More, Weigh Less: How to manage your weight without being hungry https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/Energy_Density.pdf
- How to use fruits and vegetables to manage your weight https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/nutrition/pdf/CDC_5-A-Day.pdf
Guidelines and Policy Resources
- Role of Body Weight in Osteoarthritis – Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action
- A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis
- Statements on CMS decision concerning coverage for intensive behavioral counseling for obesity
- SHAPE America Guidelines
Academic and Clinical Resources
- NEW! Continuing Medical Education course for healthcare providers: Exercise Prescription for Osteoarthritis and Weight Management. Learn about strategies and resources to help your patients with osteoarthritis pursue physical activity safely and effectively. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
- Weight Management 30 minute webinars with leading researchers and experts.
- UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity: Weight Bias and Stigma in Clinical Care
- Harvard’s Implicit Association Tests (IAT) where you can test yourself for different types of bias (ex. race, weight)
- Weight loss reduces knee‐joint loads in overweight and obese older adults with knee osteoarthritis
- Framingham Studies
- What if We Prevent Obesity? Risk Reduction in Knee Osteoarthritis
- Weight Loss and Obesity in the Treatment and Prevention of Osteoarthritis
- Disability, Arthritis, and Body Weight among Adults 45 Years and Older
- NCHS Data Brief on Obesity: Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2009–2010
- Weight Loss Messages in Knee OA: Attention-grabbing, Credible, Non-motivating