Being Overweight and COVID-19

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of questions have been raised about what factors could leave you more vulnerable than others in society. Age is the top significant factor, and those above the age of 75 have been told to stay inside and isolate for 12 weeks, as well as those with heart, lung and other serious health problems. But what we’re not hearing enough of is the impact of obesity on the body’s ability to tackle and fight off diseases such as coronavirus.

The Research

According to a study of 16,749 COVID-19 patients in the UK, the Imperial College London, the University of Liverpool and the University of Edinburgh have found some interesting statistics. Being male or obese with a BMI over 30 can lead to more serious symptoms and outcomes when exposed to coronavirus. This is not as much the case in China where fewer people are said to be overweight or obese, so extreme cases are only being seen in other countries like the UK.

More information on the clinical research that has been done can be found here

Furthermore, in an article in the Daily Mail, it suggests that COVID-19 could be a serious threat to obese members of society, even if they are young, and individuals may be given the responsibility to decide whether or not they are ‘high risk’ based on evidence provided.

Government scientific advisors, or SAGE, are also investigating the obesity links with COVID-19 so that they can decide on how best to advise the public with regards to staying safe. This is based on evidence coming from the US, where levels of obesity, lung diseases, heart problems, asthma and high blood pressure are much higher than in the UK.

Preliminary research shows that up to three quarters of patients in intensive care are carrying extra weight, with a BMI of over 25.

Although it is not clear why obese people seem to be suffering more, it’s thought to be caused by reduced lung capacity and fatty tissue under the skin that causes more inflammation.

Bodyline’s Focus

Here at Bodyline, we are dedicated to helping patients reach their target weight so that they can not only feel more confident about themselves but can lead a healthier and happier life.

Now, more than ever, we encourage people with an overweight BMI to start making weight-loss a main focus if they want to protect themselves against viruses such as COVID-19. Although this is not a cure, we believe that weight-loss is key to protecting those with a BMI over 28 from experiencing the worst symptoms of coronavirus, and other health problems that can be caused further down the line from being overweight.

Our B12 and D3 vitamin supplements are also available to buy from our website for the price of £12 each and have both been shown to increase the body’s immune system, energy levels and overall health. That’s why we encourage our clients to consider taking these as a supplement to their diets in order to improve their overall health and well-being.


If you do have any concerns regarding your health, it’s always best to seek advice from your doctor, or from the trained nurses here at Bodyline.


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