Researchers say that one reason that patients can not lose weight is because they are in pain.
In patients where high rates of moderate and severe pain and back and arthritis pain were observed, patients lost significantly less weight compared to those with either moderate or no pain.1
Doctors are debating whether or not obesity causes low back pain. One paper suggests that obesity had no direct influence in back pain, but it could prevent healing. 2
The body has tremendous regenerative capabilities but one must never forget the fact that many different factors affect connective tissue healing. Perhaps, the most overlooked factor in healing is nutritional and the health issue of obesity.
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1. Masheb RM, Lutes LD, Kim HM, et al. Weight loss outcomes in patients with pain. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Aug 3. doi: 10.1002/oby.21160.
2. Ibrahimi-Kaçuri et al. Low back pain and obesity. Med Arch. 2015 Apr;69(2):114-6. doi: 10.5455/medarh.2015.69.114-116. Epub 2015 Apr 6.