Obesity as a contributing factor of COVID-19 infection and ways to tackle.
So far, millions of people have been infected by the corona virus pandemic and over three million people have been killed. Besides that, Obesity has emerged as a potential risk factor for COVID-19 hospitalization and death. Obesity in this pandemic situation is a burning health issue since it is related to a number of chronic illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Obesity has a negative impact on one’s quality of life. Around 500 million adult people worldwide have a BMI of 30 or higher, and it is estimated that 1 billion or even more people will be obese by 2030.
Because of the boredom and potential isolation created by the imposed lockdown faced by most people, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of obesity worldwide, leading to overeating and unhealthy diets, as well as a decrease in physical activity and mental well-being.
Almost every country has been affected by the pandemic, and among COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals, 42% were obese, the second-highest co-occurring condition among hospitalized patients, implying that obesity may worsen the COVID-19 situation. Obesity among individuals could be life-threatening for the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 infection, as there is proven evidence that coronavirus infection may trigger swelling and inflammation in immune cells, which could be deadly.
Owing to the first blow of lockdown, a large population may have become obese, but the pandemic second wave will have an effect on these obese populations, since they may have an unbalanced or inflamed immune system that can react violently to COVID-19 infection, resulting in a major death toll.
Ways to tackle
To combat the resulting obesity, we suggest the below:
- Practise physical activities as it will help you lose weight faster and improve your quality of life by increasing your metabolism and reducing abdominal adiposity.
- Walking, doing household tasks, gardening, and playing with children have to be done for 50-60 minutes most days of the week.
- Regular exercise boosts self-esteem and eliminates depression. Setting targets and rising activity levels will boost the benefits even further.
- Working out or running in a group of family, friends, or other like-minded people can also improve performance.
- It’s also necessary to keep a clean and organized home and work atmosphere, as well as keep safe and fresh fruits and raw eatable vegetables on hand.
- Encouraging a healthy lifestyle by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, and walking to the store whenever possible, is also recommended.
- Eating slowly and chewing thoroughly has a positive effect on metabolism and weight loss.
- Practise Yoga, as it will help you regulate tension, food cravings, and intake, as well as improve self-control, and improves health, all of which will help you maintain your ideal body weight for the rest of your life.
- Obesity can be fought by reducing consumption of fatty and fried foods, sugar, and salt, as well as using smaller plates and servings of food.
- The best plan to follow is to eat a balanced, nutritious and low-calorie diet that provides the important vitamins and minerals found in fruits, raw or boiled vegetables.