Today with the talk of new variants of COVID-19 already in the United States — it is a wake up call to get ourselves in optimal health.
In April, British researchers published an article in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a peer-reviewed journal. The researchers examined the medical records of 6.9 million people in England to look at the link between obesity and severe outcomes from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death.
“Our findings from this large population-based cohort emphasise that excess weight is associated with substantially increased risks of severe COVID-19 outcomes, and one of the most important modifiable risk factors identified to date.”
This suggest that for people under 60 years old, weight loss would be a great way to reduce the risk of COVID-19. We can help you get started right now.
Do you know your Body-Mass Index (BMI)?
Here is a BMI Calculator for starters. BMI Categories:
- Underweight = <18.5
- Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- Overweight = 25–29.9
- Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
If your BMI is not where you would like it to be – we can help. Walk-in, No appointment needed for a wellness exam!
- CDC: July 1, 2021: Underlying Medical Conditions and Severe Illness Among 540,667 Adults Hospitalized With COVID-19, March 2020–March 2021 https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2021/21_0123.htm
- The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Associations between body-mass index and COVID-19 severity in 6·9 million people in England: a prospective, community-based, cohort study; PDF of the study here.
- CDC; About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/variant.html
- NIH; Compute BMI: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm