Several studies have identified obesity as the main risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection. The current data of the infection also means that a high proportion COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized in intensive care were overweight or obese. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized due to a deadly virus in April, also believes that the weight loss is the best thing people can do to win cov. Also Read – COVID-19: the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs reduce the mortality rate by 19 percent

This 56-year-old leader who itself for weight loss regime plans to put the country on a diet as part of a wider strategy to combat obesity. According to media reports, he is expected to come out with plans next month to boost the level of fitness across the country, encouraging people to eat more healthily and doing physical exercise. Also Read – COVID-19 live updates: events in India has increased to 5,48,318 as death toll reaches 16,475

According to the “Sunday times”, the health Department of UK has made a number of suggestions in No. 10 Downing Street as part of the strategy. Possible measures to be taken, include diagrams of the exercises of the family, the increase in the number of open gyms, healthy nutrition and bariatric surgery, which may include the installation of gastric bands. The UK PM is also apparently planning to impose a ban on price promotions such as “buy one, get one free” offers, and unlimited refills on unhealthy food and drinks. In addition, it is likely to bring in legislation to mandate calorie labeling for restaurants, cafes, and takeaway. Also Read – COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms can quickly produce the virus attacks T-cells: researchers

As obesity increases COVID-19 risk

Several experts stressed Diabetes mellitus type 2high blood pressure, heart disease, major risk factors for COVID-19 infection. People who have these medical conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19 infection, but they also are at high risk for developing severe disease from the infection and succumb to it. And these conditions are rooted in the excess fat in the body, that is, they often coexist with obesity. The study also cited obesity as one of the main risk factors for developing severe COVID-19 infection, even in those below 60 years. A study in France showed that a large number COVID-19 patients in ICU were obese. The study also showed that the risk of infection increases with the increase of obesity. Calculations show that more than 60% of adults in the UK and the United States are overweight or obese.

Because India has a very high prevalence associated with lifestyle diseases such as diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, and heart diseasethe country’s population particularly vulnerable to infection of the coronavirus, believed by some experts.

Diet and other ways of dealing with obesity

To combat obesity and reduce the threat from the deadly virus, experts recommend that people should abandon the ultra-processed and packaged foods. They also offer to replace refined carbohydrates with natural, such as fruits and vegetables. Here are the other lifestyle changes that you need to follow to bring your weight in a healthy range.

  • Cut sugar and saturated fat
  • Plan your meals ahead to make better food choices, and remember that you eat at each meal.
  • Keeping a food diary to track what you eat you eat in a day.
  • Exercise regularly. Not only can it help in weight loss, but also improve your mental health.

Published : June 29, 2020 12:20 PM

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