OBESITY NEGATIVELY
IMPACTS COVID-19
RECOVERY

Why the health risks of COVID-19 are greater for people with obesity.

People with a higher BMI are more likely

to get seriously ill from COVID-19.1

COVID-19 & OBESITY HEALH RISKS

There’s increasing evidence that people with obesity have more chance of contracting COVID-19. They’re also more likely to be hospitalised, need ventilation and are more likely to die from the disease.

Two thirds of Australians are overweight or obese2, which would
make us vulnerable if an outbreak takes hold.

But there is good news. When you treat obesity successfully, there is more chance of reducing COVID-19 complications3. It also lowers other risks of obesity including Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

NAVIGATION


UNDERSTANDING OBESITY

Discover the real science of obesity Understand the science

THE RISKS OF OBESITY

How obesity can impact you What are the risks?

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Science based treatments and outcomes What are the options?

REAL PEOPLE, REAL STORIES

Hear from those who have treated their obesity successfully See real people, real stories

Here’s the science:

  1. Simonnet A, Chetboun M, Poissy J, et al. High Prevalence of Obesity in Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) Requiring Invasive Mechanical Ventilation. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020;28(7):1195-1199. doi:10.1002/oby.22831
  2. AIHW – A picture of overweight and obesity in Australia. Available – https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/overweight-obesity/a-picture-of-overweight-and-obesity-in-australia/notes Accessed May 2021
  3. Aminian A, Fathalizadeh A, Tu C, et al. Association of prior metabolic and bariatric surgery with severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients with obesity [published online ahead of print, 2020 Nov 23]. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2020;S1550-7289(20)30619-5. doi:10.1016/j.soard.2020.10.026
  4. Popkin, BMDu, SGreen, WD, et al. Individuals with obesity and COVID-19: A global perspective on the epidemiology and biological relationshipsObesity Reviews202021:e13128. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13128
  5. Dicker D, Bettini S, Farpour-Lambert N, et al. Obesity and COVID-19: The Two Sides of the Coin [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 13]. Obes Facts. 2020;1-9. doi:10.1159/000510005
  6. Felix Clemens Richter et al Impact of obesity and SARS-CoV-2 infection: implications for host defence – a living review Oxford Open Immunology, 2021 2(1), doi:10.1093/oxfimm/iqab001
  7. Williamson E, Walker A, Bhaskaran K, et al. OpenSAFELY: factors associated with COVID-19-related hospital death in the linked electronic health records of 17 million adult NHS patients. medrxiv.org. Available https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.06.20092999v1.full Accessed May 2021