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Obesity ‘can be linked to bone and muscle loss’

17th April 2014

A team of US researchers have found a possible link between obesity and increased bone and muscle loss among some patients.

The Florida State University researchers have identified a new syndrome called osteosarcopaenic obesity by looking at the connections between bone, muscle and fat mass among 200 women.

Around one-third of them had more than 30 percent fat tissue plus declining bone density (osteopaenia) and muscle mass (sarcopaenia), with the substantial gain in body fat making the muscle and bone problems even worse.

This makes it difficult for them to perform as well in physical exercises, while they also cannot walk as fast, climb stairs comfortably or stand up and sit down multiple times without being winded or in pain.

Jasminka Ilich-Ernst, professor of nutrition at Florida State University, said: "It used to be the thinking that the heavier you were the better your bones would be because the bones were supporting more weight, but that's only true to a certain extent."

A survey published in 2012 found that just over a quarter of all adults in England are obese, a percentage that continues to rise.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801713643-ADNFCR

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