“Reality Check” is an article series which looks at common mistakes people make when they begin dieting for weight loss. We’ll check out some ‘thought adjustments’ that will help you make better choices on your journey. The articles include tips, new ideas to try, strategies to follow, and encouragement to keep you moving forward.

Increased weight means increased risk

New studies* coming out of New York City suggest that people with a BMI of more than thirty (regarded ‘obese’) are more likely to end up in ICU if they contract Covid-19.

While the majority of people who contract the virus do not end up with severe symptoms (and some have no real symptoms), these studies have shown that people over 30 years old, and who are heavy-set tend to have a 200% greater chance of being admitted to ICU for the sickness.

This is yet another good reason to look to get your weight under control

We know that obesity puts us at a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke, diabetes, some cancers, gout, and breathing problems.

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Now we also know that it puts us at a higher risk of developing severe symptoms if we contract Covid-19.

While dieting during lockdown may be tough, if you’re in this particular group then you need to make a decision to take control of your weight now.

How to do this?

Cut your portion sizes, eat more healthy foods (less junk foods), and make sure to eat enough veggies and fruits. You’ll lose weight easily.

If there’s ever been a time to put serious effort into losing weight, it’s now.

 

*SOURCES:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/this-is-why-people-with-obesity-are-more-likely-to-die-from-coronavirus

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/health/coronavirus-obesity-higher-risk.html

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