OBESE PEOPLE 70% MORE PRONE TO CONTRACTING SEVERE COVID-19: EXPERTS AT ASSOCHAM’S ‘ILLNESS TO WELLNESS’ SERIES - GADGET-INNOVATIONS

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OBESE PEOPLE 70% MORE PRONE TO CONTRACTING SEVERE COVID-19: EXPERTS AT ASSOCHAM’S ‘ILLNESS TO WELLNESS’ SERIES

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The expert panel of nutritionists was holding discussions at the sixth edition of the series themed – Lifestyle Behaviours During Covid-19

 

 

· Obesity the new disease that needs to be taken seriously owing to the sedentary lifestyles created in the face of COVID-19

· Focus to be on getting right food and exercise

· Emphasis on the need to pause long durations of screen time and chair time

 

 

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), one of the apex trade associations of India concluded the sixth edition of the ‘Illness to Wellness’ series themed ‘Lifestyle Behaviour During COVID-19’. The event saw an illustrious panel of clinical nutritionists hold an active dialogue on a variety of lifestyle-related ailments like insomnia, obesity, diabetes and others being faced by citizens.

 

 

Supported by the hygiene brand SAVLON, the programme which promotes healthy living with focus on wellness and preventive health through healthy habits, diet, exercise, and holistic health saw the speakers discuss at great length the importance of eating right, at the right time and getting enough exercise to aide metabolism. They also discussed at great length the high risk of obesity striking a large part of the population owing to current sedentary lifestyles enforced upon us due to COVID-19.

 

 

Equating healthy living to better immunity, she focused on the need to exercise regularly as unlocking of the country happens in phases. She added that people need to get back to physical activities like walking, jogging, cycling and running even if gyms continue to remain shut as this is going to be the new normal and will continue to be so for the next few months.

 

 

However, both experts agreed that people should not blindly opt for artificial supplements unless they contract COVID-19 and are medically prescribed. For healthy people, they suggested opting for natural resources of supplements like herbs, vegetables and fruits.

 

 

Ms Khosla further added that to battle obesity, focus should be laid on consumption of functional foods and increasing fermented food consumption. For non-vegetarians, she suggested balancing meat consumption with anti-inflammatory diet to keep the digestive and gut system healthy.

 

 

Sharing a few quick tips on breaking the sedentary nature of working at home, she emphasized the need to balance screen time and chair time, “No matter what we do, we need to keep moving so there should not be more than an hour of constant siting. This should be followed by 10-15 mins of walking or strolling. We need to take that break to get up and stretch. Sitting can lead to inflammation. Same goes for screen times. There has to be a pause button.”

 

 

 

 

New Delhi, 15, September 2020

 

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