Obesity is a risk factor for many chronic diseases. Walking with the bariatric rollator contributes to the overall health and decrease the risk of chronic diseases.
Obese individuals are susceptible to chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, coronary heart disease and hypertension.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is widespread in the U.S. The CDC reported that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.
Studies have shown (Mendes de Leon et al. and Alley et al.) that obesity especially in older adults negatively affects physical functioning.
A study by Stenholm et al. found that while acute exercise may transiently worsen pain
symptoms, regular participation in exercise can lower pain severity or prevalence. The Stenholm study also showed that obese older persons with decreased lower extremity muscle strength experience a steeper decline in walking speed.
Musculoskeletal pain is common among obese individuals. This musculoskeletal pain contributes to the deterioration of physical ability and deterioration of health-related quality of life.
A study by Zdziarski et al. showed that physical exercise can reduce joint pain in young and older obese adults in the range of 14% to 71.4%.
According to the CDC, walking is an excellent way to get the physical activity needed to achieve health benefits.
Walking with the Bariatric Rollator
Walking with the bariatric rollator is the easiest and cheapest way for obese individuals to get back in shape.
A bariatric rollator is a walking frame with a hand brake, a seat and four wheels. The Drive Medical bariatric rollator, in particular, can support individuals weighing up to 500 pounds.
The built-in seat for this walking aid helps obese users to rest whenever they feel the need to rest.
For the safe use of this assistive device, take note of the following precautionary measures:
-Always lock loop locks of the bariatric rollator before sitting.
-Do not use seat when this device is on an incline or uneven ground.
-The bariatric rollator is a walking aid, not a transportation device. As such, do not allow anyone push you while you are seated on the bariatric rollator.