Obesity can lead to progressive disability in people with rheumatoid arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are obese are more likely to experience progressive disability than patients who are overweight, says a new study.

Overweight means having more body weight than what is considered normal or healthy for one's age or build. Obesity is when you have excess amount of body fat with a body mass index (BMI) of over 30.

The study says that severe obesity was associated with more rapid progression of disability.

The study also says that patients who lost weight tended to become disabled more quickly.

This means health providers should refer patients for strength training, physical therapy, and other interventions to prevent disability.

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