The coronavirus epidemic not only changed the way of doing business, consumption preferences, but also the eating habits and sleep patterns. Research has revealed that the frequency of snacking has increased by 45 percent, the rate of frequent cooking at home has increased from 33 percent to 80 percent, the rate of use of food supplements has increased from 51 percent to 60 percent, and sleep patterns have been disrupted by 75 percent due to the pandemic. Stating that the change in eating habits triggers obesity, General Surgery and Obesity Surgery Specialist Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “Obesity significantly increases the risk of hospitalization from coronavirus and the risk of having a severe disease. The coexistence of Kovid-19 and obesity is now considered an emergency, ”he said.
30 PERCENT DOES NOT EAT LUNCH BECAUSE IT IS LATE BREAKFAST
Sharing the data in the research results, Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “The tendency for healthy eating increased from 19 percent to 25 percent, but approximately 50 percent of the subjects stated that they gained 4 kilograms and 10 percent lost 4 kilograms. It turned out that a 10 percent cut had snacks 1-2 hours before bedtime. Frequent cooking at home has increased from 33 percent to 80 percent. The trend of healthy cooking also reached 91 percent. “30 percent of the subjects missed their lunch because of a late breakfast,” he said.
THE RATE OF USING FOOD SUPPLEMENTS Reached 90%
Stating that the rate of using food supplements increased from 50 percent to 90 percent, Ekici continued his words as follows:
“Due to the pandemic, sleep patterns are disrupted by 75 percent. The rate of those who do sports has also increased from the 50s to the 90s. These are all things that trigger obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for exposure to severe infection and severe illness. Obese patients are more likely to get coronavirus. The frequency of lung infection and intubation is higher in these patients.
WEIGHT PURCHASE INCREASED; CORONAVIRUS RISK INCREASES
Emphasizing that there has been a significant increase in weight gain during the coronavirus process that has been experienced for about 1.5 years, Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “The reason for the high number of deaths in America is thought to be due to the high number of obesity. Approximately 35 percent of the population in America is considered obese. This rate is around 30 percent in our country. Obesity significantly increases the risk of hospitalization and the risk of having a severe disease. Indirect weight gain will increase the frequency and severity of coronavirus infection, as the change in eating and drinking patterns and the frequency of snacking will cause weight gain. Healthy eating is very important in this period, ”he said.
NUMBER OF OBESE INDIVIDUALS MORE THAN CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS
Stating that there has been a significant increase in the rate of obese patients based on his clinical experience, Ekici completed his words as follows:
“It is accepted in the world that obese patients do not postpone their surgeries when obesity increases and exacerbates the disease, such as COVID-19, which can be considered urgent. As everywhere, there are increases in number and weight in our patients. We prepare patients under safe conditions and perform their operations. When we compare obesity numerically with coronavirus infection all over the world, the number of obese individuals is much higher than the number of individuals infected with coronavirus infection. Healthy eating and exercise are very important. “