The COVID situation is a rapidly evolving one and obesity plays a big part in it. In Britain, alone many people have died due to COVID and most of these people are obese. About 17 million of those COVID deaths are due to obesity. Newsweek says that even mild obesity can put people at risk of catching COVID.
SO what classifies as obese?
Obese people have a BMI of 30> and have a lot of fat around their stomach.
So how does this correlate to COVID 19?
COVID19 is a respiratory disease that affects the lungs, heart, and everything else that has to do with body functions. Being overweight means that your essential organs are already suppressed. TCMD says that this is a third possibility. People that are obese already face extra challenges such as the risk of diabetes and heart disease. They also face diminished lung functions and difficulty with the diaphragm. The Sun-Sentinel said that more people with COVID and obesity are presenting in hospitals.
There is still some research being done.
How not to be obese?
- Nutrition counts. We should be aiming for 2-3 serves of fruits a day and five of vegetables. Many people don’t get enough vegetables in their day. Vegetables and fruit are important for gut health
- Hydration counts. We should be having 2-4L of water a day.
- Exercise and movement each day counts. Now that we are working from home exercise is super important. We should aim for 150-300 minutes of vigorous movement per week
Together lets stop the spread of COVID19 and all lead healthier lifestlyes.