COVID-19 & Your Weight
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has warned that overweight adults could be at increased risk for a severe case of the disease. A number of studies have found that obesity may also increase the risk of death related to COVID-19. One found the risk as high as 50 percent.
Among other risk factors that could lead to severe illness are:
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic liver and kidney disease
- Type 2 diabetes.
My take? This is ominous news, especially given the prevalence of obesity in the United States, but the fact is that being overweight puts you at risk of developing a number of serious health problems. If you’re ready to do something about your weight, here are my suggestions:
- To drop a single pound, you have to create a deficit of 3,500 calories – that means that you have to burn more calories through physical activity or eliminate those calories from your daily diet.
- Track the calories you consume daily. To maintain good health, women should not cut calories below 1,200 per day, and men should not go below 1,500 calories daily.
- Weigh yourself weekly. Keep in mind that fluid retention (from a high-salt meal or premenstrual bloating) can affect weight on a daily basis.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Corona Virus Disease, People with Certain Medical Conditions,” October 6, 2020, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html#obesity
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