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The Ministry of Health announced an increased likelihood of death from COVID with obesity

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Deputy Minister Oleg Salagay recalled that, according to studies, the risk of death due to infection with coronavirus is 48% higher if a person is obese. According to him, weight loss can be a means of preventing COVID-19 disease
Current research shows that obese people are 48% more likely to die from coronavirus infection, Deputy Health Minister Oleg Salagay wrote on his Telegram channel.
“Modern studies conducted on nearly 400,000 patients show that obese people are 113% more likely to be hospitalized, 74% more likely to be admitted to intensive care and 48% more likely to die from coronavirus,” he noted.
Salagay also stressed that in addition to obesity, there are other diseases associated with overweight, which increase the likelihood of contracting coronavirus and complicate the course of the disease, for example, cardiovascular diseases.
“Therefore, reducing overweight can be considered another effective means of preventing coronavirus infection and its negative consequences,” the deputy minister explained.
He gave recommendations on how to calculate the body mass index and, if it is greater than certain values, pay attention to this and establish control over the food consumed. In particular, he recommended monitoring the consumption of soda and sweets.
Earlier, experts have already warned that obesity worsens the prognosis for the course of the disease in patients infected with coronavirus. Oksana Drapkina, chief freelance specialist in therapy and general medical practice of the Russian Ministry of Health, director of the National Medical Research Center of Therapy and Preventive Medicine, in addition to obesity, also named arterial hypertension, pulmonary pathologies and diabetes mellitus.
Against the backdrop of the pandemic, the British authorities have decided to limit the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar on TV until 21:00. Also in London, they decided to limit advertising that, when buying one such product, offers the second for free, and to prohibit the placement of products with a high content of salt, sugar and fat in prominent places in stores.

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