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Why is keeping to a healthy weight important?

The most important link between your diet and arthritis is your weight. Being overweight puts extra strain on weight-bearing joints like your back, knees, hips, feet and ankles. Because of the way joints work, the pressure in your knee is 5–6 times your body weight when you walk so even a small weight loss can make a big difference.

Having too much body fat may also increase inflammation in the body, making your joints more painful. Evidence shows that losing weight can reduce inflammation in any kind of arthritis.

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