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Obesity may increase your risk for severe illness from COVID-19


Severe illness

According to the CDC, adults with obesity might have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

Hospitalization

Studies have shown that people younger than 60 are 2x more likely to be admitted to the hospital due to illness from COVID-19 if they also have obesity.

Obstacles to care

Obesity may create additional obstacles for people being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital, such as difficulties with intubation, receiving certain diagnostic tests, and being positioned and transported by nursing staff.

Partner with a health care provider to keep weight off and reduce the risk of severe illness from COVID-19


Losing excess weight and keeping it off is hard because of how your body reacts to weight loss. After weight loss, your body releases hormones that make you feel hungrier while also slowing down your metabolism. This means that while healthy eating and physical activity are important, for many people this may not be enough to keep weight off.

Why is it so hard to keep the pounds off? Well, there’s more to weight management than meets the eye. People may see results when they limit calories, by reducing the size of meals, for example. And find ways to increase physical activity, like taking regular walks around the block. But the body reacts to weight loss by trying to regain weight, making weight management a constant tug-of-war. Metabolism slows down and gets more efficient, requiring fewer calories to do its job. Hormonal signals can also change. The body increases a hunger hormone, called the ghrelin hormone, which tries to get you to eat more calories. And the hormones that tell the brain it's time to stop eating, the “feeling full” signals, decrease. These are just some of the factors that make weight regain so common.


The good news is that there are steps you can take to overcome your body’s response to weight loss, even during a pandemic. With the help of a health care provider, you can create a personalized weight-management plan (eg, lifestyle changes, prescription medication) to lose weight and to prevent it from coming back. Talk to a health care provider today to find out new strategies for your weight-management plan.

 

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Stay informed to stay safe
Get current information about which medical conditions may increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and see how you can reduce your risk of infection.

Your TrueWeight® Report can help start the conversation
Create a personalized summary of your weight history to share with your health care provider.

Stay informed to stay safe
Get current information about which medical conditions may increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and see how you can reduce your risk of infection.

COVID-19 and Weight

With new information surfacing every day, you may be wondering how COVID-19 and weight might be related. Find the answers to some questions you may be asking here to help you move forward with weight management during the pandemic.

Your TrueWeight® Report

Taking a moment to pause and think about where you are in your weight-management journey can help you find a path forward.

Your personalized TrueWeight® Report can help you set goals based on your history and current lifestyle. You can share your report with your health care provider by printing or emailing it.

Be kind to yourself. If you have had trouble losing weight over the past few months, try not to get discouraged. Instead, focus your efforts on maintaining your current weight. After all, keeping weight off can be just as important as losing it.

Decide which habits you will start, continue, and stop. Have you been reaching for devices before getting out of bed? Commit to taking a 20-minute walk before opening texts or emails in the morning.

Create a diary of your eating habits. Have they changed during your time at home? Schedule mealtimes, and challenge yourself to try a new recipe each week.

Let friends and family know how they can help you stay motivated. You have a better chance of success if you include friends and family in the activities that make up your weight-management routine. Consider joining an online community of people with similar goals to grow your support network.

Start a conversation with your health care provider. By reaching out, you can customize your weight-management plan together so that it works better for you in the current situation.

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands often, especially after touching shared items like menus at restaurants

Wear a mask in public places such as the grocery store

Stay away from crowds. Try to avoid doing errands during busy times like your lunch break and right after work

Understanding your weight
Use this guide to learn about the causes and impacts of excess weight and how you can be part of the solution.

Learn the science
See why it’s so challenging to keep the pounds off and why the same weight-loss approach doesn’t work for everyone.

Every weight-management plan is unique
Explore the multiple treatment options that could help you reach your long-term goals.