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Jakarta Post

[INSIGHT] COVID-19 and obesity: Intertwined pandemics

  • Sudirman Nasir


Makassar   /   Sat, January 16 2021   /  01:00 am
Due diligence: By checking your blood sugar level at least once every two months and exercising at least 150 minutes per week, you can prevent diabetes from an early age.(Shutterstock/

The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming increasingly personal. Many of us have seen people that we know or are close to suffer from or even die of COVID-19 or related complications. Many of us have lost family members, friends or colleagues to the disease over the last few months and an alarming number of them had comorbidities, particularly obesity. Indeed, obesity and COVID-19 are twin pandemics and are exacerbating each other. The COVIDÔÇÉ19 pandemic is occurring as obesity is sharply increasing in almost all countries around the globe, including Indonesia. In fact, in most countries, more than 20 percent of people are overweight or obese. Currently, we cannot mention a single country in the world that has been able to overcome an overweight-obesity epidemic. Weight and height can be used to calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI). For most people, BMI is a good estimate o...