Reasons Behind Link Between Obesity And Covid-19

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There's definitely a link between obesity and Covid-19, but its difficult to fathom what it is. We do know that people who are obese seem to suffer severely from COVID with a high risk of dying. Also, the more obese people are, the more severely they suffer COVID.The risk increases by almost half(44 percent)in people who are overweight and by nearly 100 percent in people who are obese. And this finding applies to other countries besides the UK too, for example, ASIA, EUROPE, and the USA.

 

There are many reasons that might explain the link between COVID and obesity:

It's possible that the fat cells of obese people could be a target for and a reservoir of the coronavirus before it invades the rest of the body. The surface of the fat cells provides an easy entry for COVID into our bodies as they lock on and penetrate the cells. In people who are obese, lung function is often already compromised because of greater resistance in the airways and greater difficulty in expanding the lungs.

 

And thirdly, obesity weakness the immune system increasing the chance of a cytokine storm with COVID-19, which is what can often kill people. During the storm, the immune system goes into overdrive and starts to attack our major organs. And, fourth, its also difficult to ventilate obese patients. Obesity is a major cause of high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

 

Junk food is available everywhere, but it's not just availability. The food industry must share some of the blame, not only for the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown has tilted the balance away from healthy, fresh produce towards, processed foods high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat.

 

 

 

 

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