Medically reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.

If you’re living with psoriasis, you know that the condition can affect more than just your skin. You may also experience joint pain, fatigue, or a comorbidity, like cardiovascular disease or depression. Managing your symptoms and overall health can feel like a constant juggling act.

Adding to the struggle may also be your weight. More than 73 percent of US adults over age 20 fall into the categories of overweight or obese, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. And it’s generally considered beneficial for overall health to fall within an average weight range, which for most people means having a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9. Another added benefit is that being at a healthy weight may also reduce psoriasis severity.