What’s the obesity breakdown this week? Fighting obesity is a daily challenge. In this breakdown we learn one of the impacts of the COVID-19 on obesity. Check out the latest article
Hopkins Medicine helps breakdown how COVID-19 may affect your lungs. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, which means it affects the parts of your body that help with breathing. Sometimes people who contract the virus don’t have any symptoms and sometimes people have serious complications. One of these complications that Covid-19 can lead to a type of pneumonia that affects both lungs.
In pneumonia, the lungs become filled with fluid and inflamed, leading to breathing difficulties. For some people, breathing problems can become severe enough to require treatment at the hospital with oxygen or even a ventilator. Now what does this have to do with obesity?
Excess fat decreases total respiratory system compliance, increases pulmonary resistance, and reduces respiratory muscle strength. So basically, being overweight or obese can make it tough on your respiratory system that helps with breathing. So being obese as well as having COVID-19 can make it really hard on your respiratory system. This is why obesity is a preexisting condition that puts you at higher risk when it comes to COVID-19.
Remember to consult your physician to see how you can manage your weight and how COVID-19 may impact you.
This was the obesity break this week!