COVID-19 has affected the whole country and, for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it’s also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health. What’s more, people have been surprised by how able they’ve been to change their behaviour, with lockdown showing many that they are able to make and sustain changes to their lives.
Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. But this extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 patients living with obesity, and in particular morbid obesity, may be more likely to be admitted to intensive care; require advanced treatment; and potentially have poorer outcomes, including greater risk of death.
By reducing your weight to within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.
To improve health and wellbeing, the NHS advises you to aim to have a BMI below 25 and above 18.52. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) should aim to have a BMI below 23 and above 18.5 to avoid risks to health.
Help to kickstart your health
Your health matters and there has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Better Health – the new national health campaign – provides a variety of tools and apps to help you make healthier food choices, become more active and prevent future weight gain. For help and support to lose weight, visit nhs.uk/BetterHealth.
Locally, One You East Sussex has a range of free services available providing specialist knowledge and experience to advise and guide you each step of the way, changing habits and showing you how to lose weight for good.