Obesity increases your risk of COVID-19

Obesity increases your risk of COVID-19

COVID-19 has been found to be dangerous for elderly people, those with compromised immune systems, and those suffering from a range of other health issues.

Studies have found that those who are obese are at an increased risk of becoming hospitalised or even dying due to COVID-19.

In fact, the World Obesity Federation has gone as far as stating that obesity doubles the chances of COVID-19 causing death.

But, why does obesity do this?

Why does obesity increase your COVID-19 risk?

It’s the obesity-related conditions which worsen the effects of COVID-19; most notably heart disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and type 2 diabetes. These conditions are thought to increase the severity of COVID-19.

Obesity also causes sufferers to have a weaker immune system, and struggle more to fight off infections.

Also, patients who are overweight and require medical attention care cause more difficulties for medical staff, as it’s harder to intubate them and perform diagnostic imaging among other required medical examinations.

The health risks associated with obesity on COVID-19 are a large contributor to the many ICU admissions and even deaths.

Boris Johnson on the relationship between obesity and COVID-19

The British PM who countlessly rejected the claims against obesity in the past actually blamed his ICU admission and near-death experience on being obese.

Since the experience, he has begun launching anti-obesity drives to help British people lose weight, and live healthier and more active lifestyles.

Obesity statistics in Australia and the UK

The stats by the Commons Research Briefing show that around 28.7% of adults in the UK are obese, while a further 35.6% are classed as overweight. While in Australia, The Department of Health records show that 67% of Australians are either overweight or obese.

These numbers aren’t low and are quite concerning; the issue doesn’t only impact Australia and the UK.

It’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and begin reducing your weight if your BMI is >25.

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is classified as the healthy range, whereas 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while >30 is classified as obesity.

So, our team has put together a range of helpful tips to help you begin losing weight; read them below!

Our tips for managing your weight:

  1. Reduce the carbs – It’s important to reduce carbohydrates, sugars and starches as this will significantly reduce your calorie intake. It will also reduce your appetite, leading you to consume less food.
  2. Exercise – No matter your exercise ability, it’s important to do whatever exercise you can, no matter how small it is. Swimming or another aqua activity in a pool is a great exercise option as it doesn’t cause huge strain on your body. Swimming will help build endurance, improve strength and cardiovascular endurance.
  3. Avoid sugary products – It’s important to cut down on excess sugars. Sugar has many side-effects such as glucose spikes, increases risks of certain diseases, causes bad dental hygiene, increases aging and tiredness and leads to weight gain.
  4. Eat slower – Did you know that eating slower actually makes you feel fuller without eating as much food? If you are eating your food quicker, it can lead to increased weight gain.
  5. Protein-rich breakfast – By eating a protein-rich breakfast, you will actually reduce your food cravings throughout the day. Eggs are a good source of protein; however, if you don’t eat eggs, any other source of protein will do.
  6. Quality sleep – Make sure to go to bed earlier and ensure you get between 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night, without disruptions.
  7. Drink black coffee – Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and carries numerous health benefits. However, you should restrict your coffees to before lunchtime, so that they don’t disturb your sleep.
  8. Probiotic supplements – Probiotics are important as they keep your gut healthy and help to fight off bad bacteria.
  9. Eat more vegetables & fruit – They are full of vitamins and minerals that you need to stay healthy. We recommend reaching the daily recommended limit every day.
  10. Drink enough water – It’s important to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You should aim to drink about 2 litres of water per day.

Looking for weight loss solutions?

Contact Dr Stephen Watson. Dr Watson is a weight loss surgeon in Perth who helps people to lose weight. In many cases, diet and exercise are not enough to help you reach a healthy weight range, or goal weight. Dr Stephen Watson, along with his team of weight loss professionals offer a wide range or surgical weight loss options.

The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for weight loss surgery, and even just to assess your options and have your questions answered is via a consultation with Dr Watson.

Call Dr Watson’s team on (08) 6311 7578, or click here to book online.

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