Researchers at Oxford University surveyed 13,503 Covid-19 patients in need of hospital care in the UK from January 24 to April 30, 2020, and compared their body mass index (BMI). Scientists have found that the risk of serious disease with Covid-19 increases with weight gain.
A study published in the medical journal The Lancet Diabetes And Endocrinology found that the risk of hospitalization gradually increased above 23 BMI scores and did not depend on other existing health conditions, according to NTV.
ALL IMT DIMENSIONS WERE ESTIMATED FOR THE FIRST TIME
Previous studies have shown that obese people have a higher risk of disease and death than Covid-19, but in the study in question, all ranges of BMI were studied for the first time.
THE RISK INCREASES IN PEOPLE UNDER 40
The healthy body mass index is considered to be between 18.5 and 25. However, a new study has shown that everyone with a body mass index over 23 has a five percent increased risk of hospitalization by Kovid. It is noted that these relationships were higher, especially among young people. For example, people between the ages of 20 and 39 were 9 percent more likely to be hospitalized with a BMI score of more than 23, while those over 80 were only one percent more likely to be admitted.
On the other hand, it was found that lean people with a body mass index below 18.5 are also more vulnerable to Covid-19.
YOUNG PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OBESITY IN VACCINATION POLICIES SHOULD
The editorial of the Oxford University study is Dr. Carmen Piernas said: “Our study shows that even very moderate overweight is associated with a risk of serious complications of Covid-19. We also found that the risks associated with weight are at most in people under the age of 40, with weight having little effect on the chances of developing serious Covid-19 disease after the age of 80. “Our results show that vaccination policies should give priority to those at risk of obesity, especially young people,” he said.
HOW CAN YOU CALCULATE THE MASS INDEX OF THE BODY?
The body mass index is calculated by dividing body weight by the square of its length in meters. The ideal weight is obtained by multiplying the desired BMI by the square of the height.
BMI = (weight in kilograms / (height in meters x height in meters))
Up to 18.5: Poor
18.5 – 24.9: Healthy
25 – 29.9: Overweight
From 30 years: obesity