3 Factors that Put Obese People at Risk of Severe COVID-19

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Have you piled on unwanted kilos during lockdown this winter? Are you concerned about your health because you have picked up bad eating habits and gained a lot of weight during lockdown? Maintaining a healthy weight by eating nutritious meals is one of the most important things you need to do to stay well and avoid getting COVID-19 this winter.

In fact, there is more and more proof showing that people who are very over-weight or living with obesity are in the highest risk category of contracting COVID-19 with severe symptoms because of the following 3 factors:

  1. Obesity and poor nutrition drastically lower the body’s immune response which allows viruses like COVID-19 to attack the body fast and furiously.
  2. Obese people are at high risk of getting a number of comorbidities (metabolic syndrome), including type-2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, to name the top 3 which are linked to COVID-19’s high mortality rate.
  3. Obesity can have quite a severe impact on the respiratory system which seems to be one of the primary areas of the body that COVID-19 attacks.

This can only mean that people with weight issues must lose the excess kilos to stay well during the pandemic. However, losing weight by simply restricting calories just isn’t good enough. The diet must take overall health into consideration and that means eating food which is also high in nutritional value.

The Cambridge Weight Plan UK’s commercial nutritionist, Mark Gilbert, explains obesity and diet during COVID-19 as follows, “Of the limited number of studies I could find, one showed obese people have a diminished immune. It also showed that a nutritionally balanced, very low-calorie diet was shown to reverse this loss of immune function. Another study in overweight people showed that caloric restriction for six months, with a diet that contained the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals, improved the function of T cells. These are the body’s key immune cells that fight infection, including viruses.”

This is why a healthy, scientifically endorsed diet plan like the Cambridge Weight Plan, where the emphasis is on low-calorie, high-nutrient meals, is proving to help people lose weight quickly and become healthy. Just what we need during the times of COVID-19 when our priority is to stay healthy and keep boosting our immune systems.

So, if you are struggling to lose weight, remind yourself that it is now more vital than ever to do so. The Cambridge Weight Plan Southern Africa is offering you a chance to kickstart your weight loss and health while strengthening your immunity by joining the 6 WEEKS SLIMDOWN CHALLENGE. You can lose up to 12kgs in just over a month by simply eating meals which are high in nutrient value yet low in calories. Plus, the diet plan provides ongoing support from an expert consultant.

Sign up now and get a FREE gift, too. Click here to get in touch with an accredited Cambridge Weight Plan Consultant closest to your area.

Get going and get healthy to avoid getting severely ill from COVID-19. Stay safe.