Obesity And COVID-19: The Connection, Who Is More At Risk? How To Stay Safe And More

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As per the reports of Centres For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC), obese people seems to be at risk. It also suggests that people with diabetes or heart disease are more likely to come in contact with COVID-19. However, the conditions realted to obesity can worsen the effects of COVID-19. The rate of obesity in the world is extremely high. Given this, we can assume that the persons coming in contact with the virus will have a BMI over 25. Moreover, obese people who fall ill frequently or require intensive care provides challenges. This is because patient management is more difficult and challenging for these patients. It is difficult to obtain a clear diagnostic image with these patients. This is because there are certain weight limits on the imaging machines. Apart from this, they are also difficult to transport by the nursing staff.

Obesity And COVID-19 Connection

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Obese people at greater risk of being affected. Image Source: Food Navigator

There is a publication of a new analysis in Circulation. As per the analysis, obese people are at greater risk to be affected by the coronavirus. Almost 5% of India’spopulation is obese. And as per the studies, obese people are at a 40% risk of getting COVID-19. However, experts warn that lockdown is only facilitating obesity in India and worldwide. Hospital stay for obese people is also longer than non-obese patients.

Naveed Sattar, lead author and MD of the University of Glasgow makes a statement regarding this. He writes,

“Excess ectopic fat deposition or obesity can cause severe COVID-19 infection. It reduces protective cardiorespiratory reserve and can be an underlying risk factor”.

As per the author, it can diminish immune dysregulation. It can cause critical illness or organ failure in obese patients. Individuals with a BMI higher than 35 are at a greater risk. The author argues that obesity causes impairments in respiratory, cardiovascular, thrombotic, and metabolic pathways. This is how it reduces the immunity power to cope up with the virus.

How To Stay Safe

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Balanced diet can keep you healthy. Image Source: FirstCry Parenting

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help you lose weight and strengthen your immunity. Consuming more fruits, nuts, vegetables, meat, fish, and others can help you enjoy a balanced diet. Drinking plenty of water can also suppress your hunger and lose belly fat. Besides, it also fastens up your metabolism and helps you burn calories faster. Green tea is packed with antioxidants. Consuming green tea daily can curb down the belly fat. Moreover, it can also boost your immunity. Exercise is also a great way to stay fit and healthy. Regular exercise can boost your metabolism. Besides, it also keeps you physically and mentally happy.

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