Being overweight or obese places you at larger threat of great sickness or dying from Covid-19, consultants say after analyzing current research.
The evaluate of proof by Public Well being England discovered extra weight put individuals at larger threat of needing hospital admission or intensive care.
And the chance grew considerably as weight elevated.
The discharge comes forward of an anticipated authorities announcement of latest measures to curb weight problems.
Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Well being England, mentioned the present proof was clear, that being obese or overweight places you at larger threat of great sickness or dying from Covid-19, in addition to from many different life-threatening ailments.
“Reducing weight can carry large advantages for well being – and might also assist defend in opposition to the well being dangers of Covid-19,” she mentioned. “The case for motion on weight problems has by no means been stronger.”
The UK has one of many highest ranges of weight problems in Europe. Virtually two-thirds of adults in England are obese or overweight, with related figures in Wales, Scotland and Northern Eire.
Am I obese?
The NHS says most adults with a physique mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9 are obese, whereas these with a BMI of 30 to 39.9 are classed as overweight.
Physique mass index is calculated by dividing an individual’s mass in kilograms by the sq. of their top in metres.
One other measure of extra fats is waist dimension – males with a waist of 94cm or extra and ladies with a waist of 80cm or extra usually tend to develop obesity-related issues.
Supporting individuals to attain and preserve a wholesome weight might cut back the extreme results of Covid-19 on the inhabitants, particularly amongst susceptible teams who’re most affected by weight problems, the report mentioned.
Prof Susan Jebb of the College of Oxford, mentioned we already know that older individuals, males, these from South Asian and another ethnic teams, and other people residing in additional disadvantaged areas, are at elevated threat from Covid-19.
“Over and above these items, this evaluate reveals that extra weight is one other essential threat issue,” she mentioned.
There was anecdotal proof that some individuals had been scuffling with their weight throughout the pandemic, she added, which provided a “re-set second” for everybody to consider their way of life.
In keeping with the report, whereas some knowledge means that extra individuals have exercised throughout lockdown, proof signifies that the nation’s train ranges haven’t elevated general.
In the meantime, snack meals and alcohol gross sales from Excessive Road outlets have elevated.
Boris Johnson is predicted to announce new measures quickly to fight weight problems, together with a ban on TV junk meals adverts earlier than 21:00.
The measures are but to be finalised, however are additionally more likely to embrace a ban on on-line advertisements for unhealthy meals, and limits on in-store promotions.
- PANORAMA: Lifting the lockdown in Salford
- I MAY DESTROY YOU: The groundbreaking drama making headlines in lockdown