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Coronavirus: Lockdown and obesity - the fight to keep fit

Mai Shehab (Guest Contributor)
August 15, 2020
Summary

People who are obese are twice as likely to die with COVID-19. These stats are highest in the North East of England, this is the most deprived area and deprivation is correlates with obesity. Obesity composes of clinical, social and environmental factors. It is a duty on everyone, not just the NHS, to play a role in influencing the challenge to maintain a healthy weight.

People who are obese are twice as likely to die with COVID-19. These stats are highest in the North East of England, this is the most deprived area and deprivation is correlates with obesity. Obesity composes of clinical, social and environmental factors. It is a duty on everyone, not just the NHS, to play a role in influencing the challenge to maintain a healthy weight.

Food for Thought

Has the pandemic played a role in changing the mindset on health?

How much of an impact has this pandemic had on people's perceptions on health, is it more valued now? It is also worth considering how long this impact will last, will the effects of a pandemic soon be wiped out of our memory? Or are the effects to brutal to be forgotten? This argument is one we can analyse from a global perspective but also on an individual basis. Those more affected during the pandemic are likely to have a bigger lasting impact.

What about those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who still can't afford healthy alternatives?

Families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are still at the same disadvantage. Fast food tends to be cheaper and easily accessible. We haven't addressed this concern at all during the pandemic. We are still putting them at a disadvantage as they are then more likely to be obese and suffer from further health complications. This alongside the expense of drug treatments is detrimental to a large portion of society.

Practice Interview QUestions
  1. To what extent are current public health schemes solving the issue of obesity.
  2. How do you think the pandemic has impacted the community's health? What could the implications of that be?
  3. If you were Minister for Health & Social Care, what single policy would you implement to address health inequalities after the pandemic and why that policy?
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