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How can a large waist size increase pain?

Not only are a large waist and belly fat critical measurements that indicate the presence of chronic inflammation, a large waist can increase shoulder, neck, and back pain, particularly in women. In one Japanese study, researchers found that the waist-to-hip ratio was higher in women with generalized back pain, meaning that these women were more likely than others in the study to have excess abdominal fat. They also, on average, had less muscle in their back and legs than other study participants. Another similar study found that women who have large waists have a significantly increased likelihood of low back pain.

The American Journal of Public Health published revealing findings that substantiate these studies: Large waist circumferences and high BMI scores are associated with impaired quality of life and disability that hinder basic activities of daily living. But you don’t need a study to tell you that a large abdomen results in strain and over-stretching of ligaments and muscles, increased compression on joints and disks. If you have a large belly, your back will try to support the extra weight out in front by swaying backward, causing excess strain on the lower back muscles. Excess weight and muscle imbalance increase stress on joints and soft tissue.

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