Obesity and Overweightness  

Overweight and obesity are characterised by excess body weight and excessive balance of energy intake vs energy expenditure with Body Mass Index (BMI) commonly used as the criterion to define these conditions. A BMI over 25 is classified as overweight, whereas obesity is measured as a BMI over 30.

Diet and exercise both play a part in helping a person to achieve a healthy weight. A weight loss of 5% to 10% provides significant health benefits, and these benefits are more likely to be sustained through the maintenance of weight loss and/or participation in habitual physical activity.

Individuals who are overweight or obese may have chronic muscle or joint pain and have a reduced range of motion.

They could also be at risk of developing lower back pain or arthritis. This needs to be considered before engaging in physical activity, however should not discourage anyone from exercising right for their uniqueness.

Podiatry perspective on Obesity

Chronic foot pain and foot or lower leg fatigue may be impeding your ability to be active and manage your weight. Left untreated, this can contribute to broader issues such as problems with circulation, chronic diseases such as diabetes and arthritis, and mental health problems.

A podiatrist may be able to help with footwear and/or orthotic prescription to help with foot and leg symptoms, that will help get you moving in comfort again.