Last week it was reported that Public Health England (PHE) published a report that being obese or overweight put people at greater risk of needing hospital admission, intensive care or even death from COVID-19.
There have been several studies that indicate that obese COVID-19 patients are more likely to receive mechanical ventilation and have a higher mortality rate.
In a report PHE stated "The impact on health and life expectancy of excess weight has been known for years.
Evidence published during the pandemic, despite its limitations, consistently suggests that people with COVID-19 who are living with overweight or obesity are notably at increased risk of serious COVID-19 complications and death.
There are also several plausible mechanisms why excess body fat could worsen COVID-19 outcomes. However at this time a more definite conclusion on excess weight and the severity of COVID-19 cannot be made.
Excess Weight maybe one of the few modifiable risk factors for COVID-19 where there is extant evidence of interventions that are effective. Supporting people who are living with overweight or obesity to lose weight, together with interventions to prevent weight gain across the population will plausibly reduce future population risks of COVID-19.
Jamie Miller- Personal Trainer
UK Fitness Personal Trainer
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