Okay, virus experts say you should lose weight. But how to do it ...

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Okay, virus experts say you should lose weight. But how to do it safely?

We find out how to fight the battle of the bulge without compromising your immune system

Joel Snape

Should you be aiming to lose weight during lockdown? No pressure – after all, you’re probably already trying to juggle homeschooling, work life, and family care – but with some experts suggesting that body fat should be considered alongside age when it comes to calculating who’s most at risk from Covid-19, it’s worth at least considering.

Research from Brown University in the US suggests patients with a BMI over 35 are more likely to go into intensive care, and those with a BMI over 30, when combined with a history of heart disease, are more likely to need ventilation. Once that occurs, excess weight can also cause other problems – one study reports that it’s slightly more difficult to intubate obese patients, while there’s evidence that excess fatty tissue can complicate ventilator management.

Finally, of course, being excessively overweight can cause other health issues, which nobody wants to deal with when the healthcare systems are already overstretched...

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