Health Risks that Come with Being Obese and Catching COVID-19
Obesity is a risk factor for diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Covid 19 and some cancers.
By: Blue Guys
According to the CDC, adults with obesity are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, meaning they may be admitted to the hospital, intensive care unit, require ventilation, or possibly die from COVID-19.
Understanding why people with obesity are at risk, as well as how bariatric surgery can help, are both significant in ensuring that people suffering from obesity remain healthy as we continue to deal with COVID-19 in the coming years.
One of the reasons obesity makes COVID-19 more dangerous is possibly due to the chronic inflammation that disrupts the immune system which can potentially cause blood clots.
The excess weight carried by those suffering with obesity, and the increased abdominal pressure due to increased fat, can also impair lung function, making patients with obesity more likely to need ventilation after catching COVID-19.
A study on patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 from March through December of 2020 showed that, "risks for hospitalizations, ICU admission, and death were lowest among patients with BMIs of 24.2 kg/m2, 25.9 kg/m2, and 23.7 kg/m2, respectively, and then increased sharply with higher BMIs".
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