Obesity and Osteoarthritis: Link
New Study Linking Adipokines With Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition affecting millions of adults. The break-down of cartilage in the joints can be painful and debilitating. It is widely accepted that overweight individuals are at higher risk for developing osteoarthritis. The assumption has been that this was due to the higher amount of force placed on the joints which then contributed to the breakdown of tissue.