Obese people have 70% higher chances of contracting viral diseases: Experts

Obese people have 70% higher chances of contracting viral diseases: Experts

Kolkata: The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) concluded the sixth edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series themed ‘Lifestyle Behaviour during COVID-19’ with an illustrious panel of clinical nutritionists holding an active dialogue on a variety of lifestyle-related ailments like insomnia, obesity, diabetes and others being faced by citizens.

Ritika Samaddar, RD, Regional Head, Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Max Super Speciality Hospital, said, “Obesity is the new disease that we need to fight. The public should consider obesity as a disease and take all precautions like dietary, lifestyle or medical management to control it.”

Ishi Khosla, Clinical Nutritionist, Centre For Dietary Counselling, said that obese people have 70% higher chances of contracting viral diseases and suffering from severe symptoms.

Anil Rajput, Chairperson, ASSOCHAM CSR Council said, “Everything in life depends on balance and consistency, therefore, the right balance of regular exercise, be it yoga, running or cycling, eating a nutritious diet, one that provides basic vitamins and minerals and having multivitamins along with mental relaxation can go a long way in warding off many diseases.”

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