A report published in the British Medical Journal recently confirmed what we already know about the health risks associated with being overweight. Death rates for COVID-19 were ten times higher in countries with over half the population defined as overweight. Both the United Kingdom and the US top that list. While body image is a difficult issue for many, the fact remains that losing weight is among the best things you can do for your health.
Obesity & Illness
In August 2020, a meta-analysis that looked at 399,000 patients found that people struggling with obesity who contracted COVID-19 were 113% more likely than those who weren’t obese to end up in the hospital. Obese patients were also 74% more likely to be admitted to the ICU and a sobering 48% more likely to die from the virus.
But the health risks aren’t limited to COVID. A high BMI has been linked to higher instances of respiratory disease and many more health conditions, including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Certain types of cancers
- Gallstones and gallbladder disease
- Asthma and sleep apnea
With increased risk to these health issues, people who are overweight or obese also tend to have shorter lifespans – anywhere between one and a half years to a full twenty.
But changing your health begins by changing your habits. Even modest amounts of consistent exercise can have a huge impact on your health. And it’s never too late to get started – you just need to get moving. The certified personal trainers at Framework Personal Training can help you find the motivation you need to start building your endurance levels, and you’ll be surprised at the domino effect of regular movement. From more energy and self esteem to better sleep and a laundry list of health benefits, exercise can work wonders.