One of the things I love about Facebook is that it opens up a whole world of interesting information and view points. Obviously this is a double edged sword in that some view points can be counter to one’s own way of thinking and morals, and then you have to take a deep breath and let it pass – after all personal opinion is unique to the individual (however wrong you believe them to be)!
Today, I came across this, which was posted by a physiotherapy centre in Norwich. For those who aren’t so familiar with UK geography, Norwich is the opposite side of the country and actually further north that I thought (having just looked it up myself) – not that this has any relevance to my post.
As a runner I find this statistic incredible, but also from a general health point of view. If I were to lose 1 st in weight, the pressure on my knees would be reduced by 54 lbs, and on my hips by 84 lbs. Big numbers but what does it actually mean?
Without going into the physics of pressure, force and mass equations, and into whether this actually makes sense. Simply put, this image is saying that every lb of body weight exerts a greater force over the area of one’s knees and one’s hips, so it’s like 4 or 6 times the weight loading one’s joints.
Back to my (hoped for) 1 st weight loss: 54 lbs equates to 24.5 kg and 84 lbs to 38 kg
1 kg is 4 packs of butter, so 54 lbs is 98 packs of butter (84 lbs is 152 packs)… I’m stopping short of going to the supermarket and creating a stack of butter to photograph, simply imagine 100 – 150 packs of butter!