I did a newsletter at the beginning of this whole COVID outbreak (which seems like a lifetime ago by the way) and explained how obesity is a serious risk factor in this virus. Most of that research classified “severe obesity” as a serious risk factor. New research shows that even mild obesity may raise the risk.
Researchers found obesity to be a strong, independent risk factor for respiratory failure, admission to the ICU and death among COVID-19 patients.
Obesity, in these studies, is classified as Class 1 (mild), Class 2 or Class 3 (extreme or severe). They used BMI (body mass index) which isn’t the best indicator overall as it doesn’t take into account muscle mass. However what was interesting about this study was that increased risks started at a BMI of 30 (Class 1), or “mild” obesity.
The study shows that compared to healthy weight patients, patients with a BMI above 25 were 3.68 times more likely to die, 6.98 times more likely to need respiratory support and 2.03 times more likely to suffer critical illness. The report also highlights data showing the risk of hospitalization, intensive care treatment and death progressively increases as your BMI goes up.
So if you are wondering, my strong suggestion is that if you are overweight, take steps right now to change that. Not just for COVID. This will not be around forever. Do it to avoid diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases. This is within your ability to change. While it may not be easy and it will take some time, it is doable. So begin today. You will be one day closer to a healthier you. Today is always the right day to start.
Is weight loss something you feel could help you avoid complications from this virus and chronic disease? What are you doing to change that?
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