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Being Overweight And Obese A Major Factor In Covid Hospitalisation And Death

There has been a lot of focus on the unvaxxed, however data shows that being overweight and obese also has a large role to play on the impact of Covid on an individual. Many of those who choose to remain unvaxxed claim that most of the hospitalisation and deaths from Covid either had pre-existing conditions such as being obese. And the numerous studies carried out seem to support this claim. There is plenty of evidence to show that a healthy diet and weight improves your overall health and exercising regularly helps strengthen your immune system.

With that being said, it would also be interesting to see data on how many of those that choose to be unvaxxed for that reason and champion their immune system as a strong enough defence against Covid are within a healthy BMI range, make the required efforts to take care of their weight and partake in regular physical activities.

Numerous studies and data has shown just how important the issue of weight plays on hospitalisation and even death from Covid.

In the UK 63% of adults are classed as at least overweight and in the U.S 42% are classed as obese.

A study from the U.K (from nature) reported that obesity increased the risk of COVID-related death substantially. People with the highest BMI (over 40) were at 92% higher risk of dying from COVID compared with people with a healthy BMI (18.5-25). Nature concluded that COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU with moderate obesity had a lower risk of death than the other patients, suggesting a possible obesity paradox.

This study from nature is supported by the findings from a Public Health England (PHE) report which confirmed that being obese or excessively overweight increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The report also summarises evidence regarding the nation’s eating and exercise habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some data suggests that more people have exercised during lockdown, evidence indicates that the nation’s exercise levels have not increased overall since before the pandemic. Meanwhile, snack food and alcohol sales in high street shops have increased.

In the U.S, the CDC study concluded that about 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese.

Body mass index (BMI) is a measure applying height and weight to calculate a weight score. A person with a BMI over 25 is considered to be overweight, and over 30 is considered to be obese.

Younger people generally experienced much less severe COVID and were less likely to die compared with older people. Still, a younger person with a BMI of 30 would have a much higher risk of severe COVID than their healthy weight peers.

To further support the point, a statement From World Obesity:

New studies suggest that overweight and obesity seem to be risk factors for worse outcomes in those who are infected by COVID-19. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses overwhelmingly show that obesity is associated both with a higher risk for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and poorer outcomes for COVID-19 [2-4]. In the UK, a report flags that out of 10,465 patients critically ill with confirmed COVID-19, 73.7% were living with overweight or obesity [5]. Meanwhile, a report from Italy suggests 99% of deaths have been in patients with pre-existing conditions, including those which are commonly seen in people with obesity such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. [6] Overweight and obesity also seem to be risk factors for worse outcomes in younger populations (<60 years old), with patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 34 being twice as likely to be admitted to ICU compared to individuals with a BMI under 30 [7].

The Office for National Statistics in the UK also presents data that shows obesity being a significant factor in determining the likelihood of an individual who contract Covid being hospitalised.

Much was made about Sweden's more relaxed approach to Covid but as reported in The DailyWire Dr Birx noted that part of the reason Americans needed to take measures such as wearing face masks and social distancing was the fact that obesity was a bigger problem in the United States than in places like Sweden, where such measures had been relaxed. This point would also apply to the U.K