Ergonomy (N Teasdale, Section Editor)

Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 174-180

First online:

Functional Task Limitations in Obese Adults


Obesity is characterized by increased dimensions and mass. Functional task limitations and changes in the mechanical strategies used to complete functional tasks may be related independently to increased mass or increased dimensions. Increased mass may not always be detrimental. The mechanical strategies may vary with the class of obesity or mass distribution to the trunk or lower limbs. Much of the literature is equivocal and it is possible that methodological approaches and class of obesity of participants result in different or conflicting outcomes.


Obesity Standing Lateral bending Forward flexion Sit to stand Posture Walking Lifting Functional task Pain Kinematics Kinetics