COVID-19 and Obesity

With the current Covid-19 Pandemic, and the varying risk factors we are seeing that play a factor in how Covid-19 can affect our bodies. It is important that we are equipped with information to help us change habits that may affect our outcomes. 

A New York Times article that came out this week looks to untangle the role obesity has with the current Covid-19 pandemic. In this article it cited two studies that are showing strong correlation with Covid-19 and Obesity and what outcomes may occur. One study published just last month stated that researchers found that people with obesity who contracted Covid-19 were more than twice as likely to end up in the hospital. 

Another study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, showed that among 17,000 hospitalized Covid-19 patients more than 77 percent of them had excess weight or were obese. 

We all need to be aware that obesity plays a factor in how your body can fight off this novel coronavirus. We also should be aware that obesity can lead to multiple other comorbid conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fatty liver disease….  just to name a few. 

It is important for everyone to live a healthy life and seek help from medical professionals when they feel they are struggling with things such as weight. We, in the medical community, are here to help any way we can. 


Theresa Zangerle-McArtin is a New York State Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with experience in helping individuals to focus on nutrition in an effort to improve their overall health. She specializes in food allergies, food intolerance, digestive disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

To schedule an appointment with Theresa, please call #845.471.9410