Obesity and overweight conditions seem to have an adverse effect of COVID-19. Infact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that people with heart disease and diabetes are at fairly higher risk of Coronavirus related complications.
Lot of Surveys and Researches that have taken place in the past months, it has been found that those people with a BMI of greater than 25, have a greater chance of getting infected with Covid 19.
In case they get infected, they display and develop severe symptoms with higher chances of developing complications and even death.
As per a study in UK (United Kingdom) where those admitted in an ICU (Intensive Care unit) in a hospital, it was found that 35% were Overweight, 32% were Obese and 7 % were suffering from morbid Obesity i.e. 74% of people who were infected and admitted to hospitals were suffering from Obesity, Overweight or morbid obesity.
Thus only 26-27% were in the healthy BMI range.
There was another study which was conducted by the World Federation of Obesity Unit that concluded that those with more than 25 BMI had higher chances, upto double the chances of getting infected with Covid 19.
In India, Doctors from the largest public hospital have noticed and concluded that in a day if 10 covid19 infected patents come to the hospital then 6 out of the 10 are either overweight or obese.
If those suffering from corona virus happen to be obese and they visit any hospital, then to handle those people with covid19 is a uphill task.
Furthermore, with gymnasiums and workout cubs and centres shut, the pandemic might also contribute to an increase in obesity levels of the populace.
Also harsh lockdown measures introduced in some countries like India have had an impact on people’s mobility along with almost nil physical activity for months together thereby increasing the risk of metabolic diseases amongst the public.
Also the lockdowns and the need for self-isolation has prompted many in metros and cosmopolitan cities to rely on processed and canned foods with longer shelf lives but with higher percentages of sodium. This could, in due course of time, lead to a further increase in weight and add to the vicious circle of events.
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