The impact of obesity on the musculoskeletal system

Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Feb;32(2):211-22. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0803715. Epub 2007 Sep 11.


Obesity is associated with a range of disabling musculoskeletal conditions in adults. As the prevalence of obesity increases, the societal burden of these chronic musculoskeletal conditions, in terms of disability, health-related quality of life, and health-care costs, also increases. Research exploring the nature and strength of the associations between obesity and musculoskeletal conditions is accumulating, providing a better understanding of underlying mechanisms. Weight reduction is important in ameliorating some of the manifestations of musculoskeletal disease and improving function.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Care Costs
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / etiology
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / etiology*
  • Obesity / complications*
  • Osteoarthritis / etiology
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Weight Loss*