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Two-thirds of the British piled on the pounds at closing

Two-thirds of the British have pounded on the pounds at closing, with one in twenty admitting they are too ‘afraid’ to stand on the scales

  • A third of the population has gained half a stone or more in eight weeks
  • Is because NHS data shows that obese people are 40% more likely to die from COVID-19
  • Being fat makes it difficult for the lungs to supply oxygen to vital organs, doctors say
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Two out of three Britons admit to stacking on the pounds during the two-month coronavirus lock.

A third of the population has gained half a stone or more in the eight weeks since everything but essential travel was banned and exercise restricted.

According to the survey of 1,000 British people, one in 20 said they had gained so much weight that they were too “afraid” to stand on the scales.

The troubling finding comes after NHS data reveal that obese people are more likely to die from COVID-19.

Analysis of 17,000 NHS admissions found that the death rate was nearly 40 percent higher in patients with a BMI over 30.

Those who are overweight and unfit have a lower lung capacity than healthy people, making it difficult to get oxygen and blood through the body.

When COVID-19 strikes, it becomes more difficult to breathe and the oxygen supply is blocked even more, ultimately overwhelming the bodies of obese people.

This is why overweight and obese people in intensive care more often need help breathing and support kidney function, experts say.

Two in three Britons admit they have accumulated pounds during the two-month coronavirus lock (file)

Two in three Britons admit they have accumulated pounds during the two-month coronavirus lock (file)

The latest survey, commissioned by Slimfast, found that it was mainly young people and women who gained weight, The times reports.

Two-thirds of those who had accumulated pounds were aged between 18 and 24. Less than half were over 65 years old.

More than 60 percent of women said they were now thicker than before closure, and one in ten said they were at least a stone heavier. About 57 percent of the men said they were heavier than two months ago.

WHY OBESITY CAUSES THE RISK OF COVID DIE?

Analysis of 17,000 NHS admissions found that the death rate was 37 percent higher in patients with a BMI over 30.

Those who are overweight and unfit have a lower lung capacity than healthy people, making it difficult to get oxygen and blood through the body.

When COVID-19 strikes, it becomes more difficult to breathe and the oxygen supply is blocked even more, ultimately overwhelming the bodies of obese people.

This is why overweight and obese people in intensive care more often need help breathing and support kidney function, experts say.

Doctors say fat people’s immune systems are constantly boosted as they try to protect and repair the damage inflammation causes to cells.

Using all its energy to fight inflammation means it The body’s defense system has few means to defend itself against a new infection such as COVID-19.

Obese people also tend to eat a diet that is very low in fiber and antioxidants – which keep the immune system healthy – such as fruits and vegetables.

One in three respondents said they gained weight from comfortable eating, while a quarter blamed a lack of exercise.

One-eighth said they had accumulated pounds because there was more food in the house, while one in 50 said they arrived because it didn’t matter because no one else would see them.

It comes after analysis from NHS hospitals last month revealed that obesity increases the risk of coronavirus death by nearly 40 percent.

The study, based on 17,000 COVID-19 admissions, found that a total of one-third of Britons hospitalized died with the life-threatening virus.

Death rates were 37 percent higher in obese patients, second only to dementia (39 percent) but more than heart disease (31 percent).

Heart disease was also found to be the most common underlying health condition in coronavirus patients hospitalized with the infection.

The study, considered the largest of its kind in Europe, found that more than half (53 percent) of the patients had at least one comorbidity.

Nearly a third (29 percent) suffered from heart disease – conditions that block blood vessels and make it difficult to pump blood and oxygen around the body.

Nearly a fifth (19 percent) had diabetes, the same number had lung disease, 15 percent had kidney disease, and 14 percent were asthmatic.

Strangely, less than 10 percent of hospital admissions smoked – more than a third less than the national rate of 14.4 percent.

It is the latest in a growing body of research that suggests that cigarette users have a lower risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19.

Researchers are struggling to suppress an apparently protective effect of cigarettes, which they have called “weird.”

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