Watch your lockdown platter: Obesity is fatal risk
Bengaluru: Stress swells and ultimately proves fatal. In this coronavirus lockdown, it is not the virus you should be afraid of, but eating, lifestyle and conditions imposed by confinement.
DR KJ Kiran, Bariatric surgeon warns that “during this kind of forced confinement, we tend to overeat or consume unbalanced food leading to obesity and lifestyle diseases.”
According to the World Health Organization, more people are dying from being overweight than underweight. Younger people who are obese are at high risk. And the current lockdown is a dangerous environment for breeding of various habits that contribute to obesity.
To drive home his point that obesity can prove fatal, he quotes recent research undertaken around the world on coronavirus or COVID-19. Medical analysts have been studying data to understand why COVID-19 manifests itself in different ways in different regions of the globe.
One of the largest studies conducted of COVID-19 infection in the US has found that obesity was one of the biggest factors after age factor in fatalities. The large sample study by NYU Grossman School has found that the obese patients were substantially at higher odds of complications due to COVID-19 than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.
Another study concluded that obesity, smoking, diabetes, and heart and lung disease – all comorbidities lead to significantly higher risks of severe disease and death from COVID-19. Among other things, obesity plays important role of heightened inflammation in patients. According to Dr Kiran, “anything you can do to improve your health while in lockdown will pay rich returns in the long run.”
Meanwhile, UNICEF in its ‘ideas to help your family maintain a nutritious diet’ guidelines says that one should keep up fruit and vegetable intake, opt for healthier snacks like nuts, cheese, yoghurt (preferably unsweetened), chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, or other locally available healthy options, and limit intake of highly processed foods.
Obesity is a growing problem worldwide and our complacent response to current situation contributes to obesity in many ways. The number of people considered obese has nearly tripled since 1975, and with obesity comes greater risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure (hypertension) and stroke, among other health problems.
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