Experts say that we have discovered how to build immunity, but we still have to fight COVID nearly two years later. Many have spoken of the ” COVID 15” which refers to 15 pounds gained during quarantine. But did people actually gain weight? This question intrigued researchers. They then looked at patient data from electronic medical records. They examined 15,000,000 patients’ weight changes in the year before the outbreak and their weight change over the course of one year following the pandemic. It turned out that 39% of pandemic patients gained weight. This is defined as a weight gain above 2.5 pounds. About 27% gained less than 12.5 pounds, while 10% gained more than 12.5 pounds,and 2% gained over 27.5 pounds. Hans Schmidt, MD, chief of Bariatric Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, stated that obesity is steadily increasing because so many people work from home and live a more sedentary life.
According to new data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 16 states have obesity rates greater than 35%. This is an increase of four states – Delaware, Iowa, Texas, and Ohio – in just one year. Dr. Schmidt explained that obesity is a major risk factor for nearly every serious disease including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19.
It took time to gain those extra pounds. And it won’t be easy to lose them. Weight Loss is something many people struggle with, and it’s not always easy.
It is not surprising that bariatric surgery has been gaining popularity. Dr. Schmidt explained that at one time, 78% of COVID-19 hospitalized patients were overweight or obese. This had a significant impact on people’s perceptions and made them afraid.
New research could help explain why. A new non-peer-reviewed study has found that COVID-19 could directly infect fat cells. This news could suggest that obese and overweight people are at greater risk of developing severe diseases and long-term COVID.
Dr. Schmidt is currently seeing an increase in interest from people who are interested in learning more information about weight loss options including bariatric surgery.