Covid -19 : the story so far
So a few months have passed in lockdown, and the time has come for us all to face the world again and view the devastation that this virus has caused, not only in the loss of life, and the terrible health effects, but also to the ravages on the economy. The UK has undoubtedly suffered from many tragic deaths from the virus, and it’s time to look at what we have learned so far in terms of the health of our nation.
As a Nutritional Therapist I have been keeping a close eye on the many studies that have focused on the role of nutrition, to see whether it has had an effect on the way people have coped with the infection. One of the most shocking statistics is that people with obesity have been more likely to be affected, and to end up in hospital. Two thirds of people in the UK are either overweight or obese. In Wales our statistics are even worse – and it starts in childhood where one in eight reception class children are obese. There may be many reasons why this is so, but it’s time to do something about it.
At last the Government in Westminster is starting to make it clear how obesity can affect the way people react to and manage Covid
Today, the Deputy Health minister Dr Jenny Harries said on ITV’s This Morning: ‘Obesity is actually problematic and that’s one of the things that we could do something about.’
Researchers at the University of Liverpool warned in May that obesity increased the risk of dying from the virus by 37 per cent. And early data from the NHS suggested 75 per cent of hospitalised Covid-19 patients were overweight or obese, compared to around 66 per cent of the population.
Eating a processed high fat, high sugar diet lacking in nutrients and fibre will not only lead you on the path to obesity, but will also mean that your body will lack essential vitamins and minerals causing problems in fighting infections
So why not improve your health by following these simple guidelines:-
- Avoid all highly processed foods –
- Increase your daily intake of fruit and vegetables
- Avoid sugary foods and drinks
- Stick to three meals a day and stop snacking
Or if you need some professional help and support, contact me at Good Nutrition First. I can help you with a balanced, nutritious and healthy weight loss plan based on your personal needs and lifestyle. I am now offering non face to face, ‘virtual’ appointments, at an affordable fee.