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COVID-19 and the Patient with Obesity — the Editors Speak Out

from TOS/Obesity

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the world in unprecedented ways, especially for patients who have a variety of other chronic diseases, including obesity. In light of this fact, the editors of Obesity have authored an editorial titled "COVID 19 and the Patient with Obesity — the Editors Speak Out." For access, visit The Obesity Society's website.

In the editorial, the editors discuss the connection between COVID-19 and obesity and point out how people are at higher risk for severe complications from COVID-19 by virtue of the increased risk of the chronic diseases that obesity drives. In addition, they note that obesity can also make it more difficult to treat the respiratory complications in an intensive care unit setting.

The article also notes that COVID-19 has a psychological impact. Persons with obesity who are already self-isolating and avoiding social contact are already stigmatized and experiencing higher rates of depression. Social isolation is at the heart of obesity stigma. More than ever, our health care providers need to fight obesity stigma.

The Obesity Society and Obesity want to be your reliable source of information for obesity and COVID-19. Stay tuned to the TOS and Obesity websites in the coming weeks for the latest updates and information.

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