Obesity And Covid-19: What’s The Link?

Obesity And Covid-19: What’s The Link?

There are various factors that influence the extent to which we are likely to be affected by Covid-19, should we be unfortunate enough to catch it. Some of those factors are out of our control – our gender and ethnic origin, for example. Others we can influence, these include our vitamin D status and our weight.

 

 

OBESITY & COVID-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control report that 73% of critically ill patients with Covid-19 in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands are obese.  In a study of nearly 17,000 hospital patients with Covid-19 in the UK, those who were obese had a 33% greater risk of dying than those who were not.

It’s important to remember that, medically speaking, ‘obese’ can mean being just a couple of stone overweight.

So why is it that being obese can increase our risk? There is a lot we are still learning about this virus. Much is still unknown. However, here are some insights from a Public Health England report.

 

EXCESS WEIGHT PHYSICALLY IMPACTS AIRWAYS

Fat deposition around the upper airway and a heavier thorax can directly impact on and reduce lung function, which along with the effects of the virus may affect circulating levels of oxygen.

 

BEING OVERWEIGHT CAUSES INFLAMMATION

Fat cells secrete pro-inflammatory messengers and being overweight is known to induce a state of low grade systemic inflammation. This has been suggested to affect the performance of anti-viral treatment of flu.

 

OBESITY INCREASES RISK OF BLOOD CLOTS

There are known links between obesity and thrombotic (blood clot) risks. This is relevant as the hyperimmune response in Covid-19 may cause higher risk of ‘venous thromboembolism’ (obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot).

 

I am sure this is just the tip of the iceberg and we will continue to learn more as the days and weeks pass.

 

Many things can motivate us to lose weight. Common motivators I hear from clients include clothes no longer fitting, reduced confidence and not feeling as fit and health as they would like. But there are few reasons I can think of more pressing than this to prioritise achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.