Being Overweight & COVID-19
There is a growing base of research showing a link between being overweight and COVID-19.
Once infected, those with obesity have a greater likelihood of:
- experiencing more severe illness from COVID-19
- requiring admission to the intensive care unit (ICU)
There is also a documented increase in the risk of death from COVID-19.
Those who are overweight or obese may also have other health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney or liver disease. All of these conditions make the body more vulnerable to COVID-19.
As of yet, the specific reason for the severity of illness and greater mortality from COVID-19 is unclear. Being overweight or obese is linked to reduced respiratory functioning, impaired metabolism, an impaired immune response, and chronic inflammation in the body. Difficulties with intubation or compromised lung function when lying on one’s back while in hospital setting may be contributing factors.
The current pandemic has many implications that can worsen (or lead to the development of) overweight and/or obesity. It is important, now more than ever, to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviours that can help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This includes finding ways to be more physically active, nourish our bodies, cope with stress, and get enough sleep every day. This may include working closely with health care providers on options for medical management of overweight or obesity.
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