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Knee Cartilage Tears

It appears that being overweight leads to more than half of the nationís 850,000 annual operations to repair or remove knee joint cartilage. This study came from the University of Utah and involved 544 patients who had surgery on meniscus tears.

The study found that people whose body mass index was even slightly over the healthy range were three times more likely to have a torn cartilage in their knee.

The heaviest men were 15 times more likely to tear their knee cartilage and the heaviest women were 25 times more likely to experience a cartilage (meniscus) tear.