Even a few extra kilos up risk of severe Covid: CDC | India News – Times of India

Even a few extra kilos up risk of severe Covid: CDC | India News - Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, has issued a warning saying not just the obese but even those with moderately excess weight may be at higher risk of severe Covid-19. The warning issued by the US public health institute may have serious implications for Indians as well because almost 40% Indians are obese and overweight, according to the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) data. Doctors say the risk may be higher among overweight Indians. Obesity is defined at a lower weight in Indians than white, because even at such levels of weight, high body fat seen in the former induces high cytokine load, which is markedly increased by Covid-19, leading to organ failure. Hence, even mild to moderate obesity in Indians may cause complications of Covid-19 to occur easily, says Dr Anoop Misra, chairman, Fortis C-Doc. However, physical activity is seen as a better intervention to reduce the risk of infection. Overweight or obesity seems to be one of the strongest risk factors determining poor outcomes after Covid. The good news is that by reducing weight, the risk of poor outcomes can be reduced. Physical activity, even in the absence of weight loss, can help to improve immunity by building muscle mass, reducing excess fat and improving insulin sensitivity and better control of type 2 diabetes, says Dr V Mohan, chairman, Dr Mohans Diabetes Specialities Centre. More on Covid-19Apart from overweight, other conditions for which there is limited or mixed evidence of increased Covid-19 severity include asthma, cerebrovascular disease and cystic fibrosis, the CDC said. The CDC has defined overweight and obesity by a persons body mass index, a ratio of an individuals weight and height. People with a BMI equal to or more than 30 are obese, whereas those between 25 and 29 are overweight. People having a BMI between 18. 5 and 24. 9 are considered to be of healthy weight. The government guidelines

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