The coronavirus epidemic has changed not only the way of doing business, consumption preferences, but also eating habits and sleeping patterns. Studies have 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 use of food supplements has increased from 51 percent to 60 percent, and the sleep pattern has been disrupted by 75 percent due to the pandemic. Stating that the change in eating habits triggers obesity, Medicana Bahçelievler Hospital General Surgery and Obesity Surgery Specialist Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “Obesity significantly increases the risk of hospitalization from coronavirus and the risk of severe illness. The coexistence of Covid-19 and obesity is now considered an emergency.”
Sharing the data in the research results, Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “Healthy eating trend increased from 19 percent to 25 percent, but about 50 percent of the subjects stated that they gained 4 kilos and 10 percent stated that they lost 4 kilos. It turned out that 10 percent of them snack 1-2 hours before going to bed. Frequent cooking at home rose from 33 percent to 80 percent. The trend for healthy cooking also reached 91 percent. “30 percent of the subjects skipped lunch because of a late breakfast,” he said.
Stating that the rate of using food supplements has increased from 50 percent to 90 percent, Ekici continued his words as follows:
Due to the pandemic, sleep patterns have been disrupted by around 75 percent. The rate of those who do sports has increased from 50 percent to 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 susceptible to coronavirus. The frequency of lung infection and intubation is higher in these patients.
Emphasizing that there has been a significant increase in weight gain in the coronavirus process, which has been experienced for about 1.5 years, Assoc. Dr. Uğur Ekici said, “The reason for the high number of deaths in America is actually thought to be due to the high number of obesity. About 35 percent of the population in America is considered obese. In our country, this rate is around 30 percent.
Obesity significantly increases the risk of hospitalization and the risk of severe illness. Since the change in eating and drinking patterns and the frequency of snacking will cause weight gain, weight gain will indirectly increase the frequency and severity of coronavirus infection. “A healthy diet is very important during this period,” he said.
Expressing that there has been a significant increase in the rate of obese patients based on his clinical experience, Ekici concluded his words as follows: