Injury Risk Increases With BMI

by Joy Keller on Oct 01, 2007

Making News

Overweight adults are significantly more likely to sustain injuries that require medical treatment than their normal-weight peers, according to a study in the May/June issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (2007; 21 [5], 460). The risk is nearly twice as high for the extremely obese.

Researchers analyzed data from a survey of medical ex­penditures administered by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The 42,304 adults who participated noted all their medical conditions, injuries and healthcare costs from 1999 to 2002. As BMI increased, so did the risk of sustaining an injury requiring medical treatment. Overweight adults (BMI between 26 and 29) had a 15% higher risk of injury than normal-weight adults. Morbidly obese adults (BMI of 40 or over) had the greatest risk of injury—48% higher than normal-weight adults.

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Joy Keller is executive editor of IDEA Fitness Journal and IDEA Fit Business Success, and is also a certified personal trainer, indoor cycling instructor, yoga teacher (RYT 200) and Reiki Master. Joy joined IDEA Health & Fitness Association in 2002, and brought with her a wealth of information about how to fine-tune communication channels, after having spent her formative career years specializing in business-to-business journalism. Before she even graduated with honors from the respected University of Georgia journalism school, Joy was offered a job at one of the most successful trade publishing companies in the southeast, Shore Varrone, Inc. She made her mark in the automotive aftermarket industry as a creative thinker and journalist with an intuitive knack for researching and understanding niche audiences. Joy has worked on several titles, including Auto Trim & Restyling News, Truck Accessory News, Digital Output Magazine, Retail & Construction News, Miata magazine, Ford Racing, and many more. Her passion, however, lies with health and fitness. She was the associate editor of ACE Certified News while working at the American Council on Exercise, and transitioned that publication from a newsletter to a magazine. She has enjoyed 17 years at IDEA, where she has launched several publications, including the award-winning Inner IDEA Body-Mind Spirit Review, IDEA Pilates Today and IDEA Fit Business Success. Joy is a content creator and media 2.0 advocate who takes pride in discovering the unique information needs of qualified audiences, and she is dedicated to serving those needs while following the highest available standards.