Is Obesity A Risk Factor For Pain Conditions?

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Healthy Diet Guide says that being obese is not a cosmetic problem. In a world where the media and society hold beauty and fitness to very high standards, an overweight or obese person can easily feel left out, depressed, suffer low esteem.

Televisions and fashion magazines are full of pictures of thin models, actresses and athletes with lean abs, glorifying some almost impossible ideals to a point that makes a normal person feel inadequate. You can imagine how an obese person must feel to be exposed to this kind of environment.

Apart from the emotional factors, obesity comes with a lot of health factors. Obese people are usually in pain more often when compared to normal people, even if they are healthy. Obesity and pain go hand in hand. The heaviest people report the highest rates of pain.

Obesity leads to pain because of the excess mechanical stresses and its pro-inflammatory condition. Pain results in obesity because of low physical activity and eating for analgesic effects.

Researchers have discovered an indirect relationship between individuals who are obese and pain. A lot of chronic conditions that are known to cause pain are commonly diagnosed in people who are overweight and obese.

These conditions are:

  • Depression
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Fibromyalgia

The assumption is that obesity increases one’s risk for these conditions and these conditions are marked by pain.

A recent research study that was done in the United States showed that obesity and pain were persistent even after the researchers tried to explain the influence of other health problems that could cause pain.

In a research carried out by the Gallup organization (2008-2010) through information collected by telephone surveys, many of the participants were white and had a minimum of a high school diploma.

Each individual who participated in the survey was requested to give their accurate weight and height. In relation to that information, 36.8% of the individuals in the study had a normal BMI (Body Mass Index) while 38.3% were overweight at 24.9%, which, is obese.

The participants were asked if they had felt any pain the day before the survey was conducted. They were also asked if they had back, knee, neck or leg conditions that had caused them any pain in the last 12 months or if they had any other condition that caused them continuous pain.

They were also asked about the existence of other types of medical conditions including asthma, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and depression.


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The Results

The researchers realized that the more a person weighed, the higher the chances of experiencing pain.

  • When compared to normal people in the survey, individuals who had a BMI of 25 and 29 had 20% more pain.
  • Individuals with BMIs of 30-34 had 68% more pain.
  • Those who had BMIs of 35-39 had 136% more pain
  • Those with BMIs over 40 had 254% more pain.

The Reasoning

The researchers surmise that a person who is obese has excess fat that prompts physiological processes that lead to inflammation, which is closely associated with pain.

It is also a fact that those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from arthritis because of long time excess strain on the joints from the extra weight.

A different idea could be due to depression, which has been proven to be associated with pain. Depression, obesity and chronic conditions also have some genetic effects, indicating genetics could be partly to blame.

Researchers agree that the relationship between chronic health problems, pain and obesity are complicated.

In some instances, it could be that a person who has arthritis is not able to move around often which makes them gain weight much faster. In other individuals, it could be that being overweight may strain the joints which may cause joint problems that result to pain.

This article was written after a conversation with Jane Baggot Co-Fonder of Healthy-diet-guide.

Matching food and wine at dinner parties: Food Education

The idea of throwing a party goes back many years and frankly some think of it as rather old fashioned. Well, nothing can be farther from the truth. This has however not stopped people from inviting their loved ones as well as close friends for a party where there will be plenty of food stuffs accompanied by drinks. What is however becoming the trend is that it is becoming imperative that the course meal is always matched by the wine. Ensuring that the food you will prepare goes hand in hand harmoniously with the wine is not as easy as you may think. Therefore, before you decide on what to do, you need to take a look at the recipes you can handle very well. Remember if you get it wrong, you can turn the otherwise happy party into a disaster and there is no going back once it goes down. This therefore means that once you have identified the food recipes you can handle very well, you can now look into the types of wine they go well with. If you feel you need some expert input into this selection then contact Ruth at and she can offer some help.

While this may be seen as an old fashioned approach to party, it will go along way if your guests are able to find the right variety of wine to go along with their meals. You have to take into account the season within which the party happens too. It will play a big role in choosing the type of recipes to try and consequently the ideal wine to accompany it. You may for instance forgo the red wine in favor of some white if you are having the party during summer time. This will be a great choice as well as a break away from tradition especially if it is in the summer when there is a lot of sun.

You should have a good knowledge of how the wines taste as well as how they go well with the various food recipes you are looking to prepare. White wines for example go well with seafood. White wine is dry while seafood is always crusty as well as citrusy when cooked; this is a perfect combination of dinner guests to enjoy. The two enhance each others’ fresh fruity flavors thereby making them very compatible. Tomato based dishes will also be a good choice to go with the white wine owing to its sharp taste. Think about dessert wines as well, to make sure that it goes with your pudding and cakes.  Try to decide which wine works best for your guests by sampling them on your own, nothing works best unless you try it for yourself and decide upon the experience you will have. As you go along and try them ensure that you keep a long list of what you try so that you do not get mixed up while at it. This will also help you in deciding on what to buy and what not to buy depending on their prices and availability.

School to Academy conversions in the United Kingdom

uiwjwThe Academy Schools are publicly funded autonomous schools that are not supervised and managed by any of known indigenous authority. The rules, regulations and other conditions are solely set by the academy itself and the authorities are not accountable to whichever change they make in the policies or terms. The national curriculum is not henceforth followed by the academies. Once the schools convert to academies, they are then tracked by the academy trust which is a benevolent company limited by guarantee. The Academy Schools entails secondary schools mostly for pupils ageing from 11 to 16; few of them are nursery academy schools also.

The academy schools follow their syllabus as specified by English Specialist School Programme (SSP).

The enlisted below are the entities that can convert their status to an academy:

• Primary Schools
• Secondary Schools
• Special Schools
• Other Provision Schools and other few as mentioned by the government of United Kingdom.

A school can switch its status to an academy by the provision of a sponsor if its performing well or it also can change its status as a group of schools preferably recognized as academy chain.

How do Schools change their status to Academies?

Schools can change their status to Academies by following the prescribed rules and regulations of Government of United Kingdom. The schools are responsible to submit their application the Department for Education as mentioned in the documents available online on the website of Government of United Kingdom. Once the school submits its application to the Secretary of State, if accepted the Secretary of State releases an academy mandate and custody is then established which in result has a contract to run the academy for the government.

The schools afterwards register the academy custody with Companies Houses and settles leasing contracts for school building, land and other expenditures. The ultimate phase of conversion is the signing of the Funding Agreements with the Secretary of State. Schools should get some counselling before the funding agreement is signed to avoid any risk that might occur.

What rules and regulations do Academy Schools follow?

The Academy Schools are to obey the same admission criteria the other state schools are following however academy trusts develop their own admission authority for itself rather than referring to any of the indigenous authority. The Academy School emphasis the same admission criteria like other state schools however this means the academy can like a trust school establish its personal set of rules for granting seats if its overflowed by the admissions.

Moreover schools does have a criteria to privilege the 10% of the pupils of any specialized subject centred on their ability for that specific subject. The academy schools have to obey the law and government guidelines on rejecting any pupils but they are not liable to consult any local authority before rejecting any of the pupil admission.

However there is no verification that becoming an academy improves a school. Some academies have been successful. But some are deteriorating. The government presents the statistics to make academies appear more successful than other schools. As the impact of strictness becomes more severe, school budgets will be threatened. The critics say it is better for schools to stick together in their local family of schools.