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Obesity Worsens Arthritis Cases in the U.S.

There are 50 million arthritis patients in the U.S. and increasing obesity rates among this group is worsening their condition, reveals a recent study. Obesity affects arthritis patients by progressing the disease, reducing activity, raising disability, affecting their quality of life and even requiring joint replacement.

Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that obesity prevalence was 54% higher among arthritis patients, compared to those without the disease. In 2009, 48 states had more than 30% of adult arthritis patients with obesity. And, 12 states had more than 40% of arthritis patients who also were obese.

The researchers say these findings indicate that corrective programs are urgently required to stop arthritis patients from becoming obese. The study was published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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