Food. We love it. There’s nothing better than getting together with family and friends for a delicious meal.
But sometimes our pain interferes with our desire to eat and can affect our weight. Pain may make you lose your appetite or you resort to quick and easy take away meals because you’re hungry but shopping or cooking feels beyond you at the moment.
The occasional missed meal or take away food is generally not so bad. But if it happens regularly you won’t get the necessary nutrients your body needs. And you could start to lose or gain weight. You need a healthy, nutritious diet to help you manage your health in general, but also your pain.
Apart from the many other health issues related to being overweight or obese (e.g. heart disease, diabetes) being overweight is also linked to increased pain. Extra weight on painful joints will increase the pain you experience. Being in pain may affect your ability to be as active as you’d like – which makes your pain worse and may lead to more weight gain. It can also be difficult to be more active when you’re overweight or obese, which can lead to increased pain and weight gain.
Being underweight also has many health issues. It can affect your immune system (meaning you’re more at risk of getting sick or an infection) and you may feel more tired than usual. Feeling tired and run down will affect your ability to be active, which will affect your pain levels.