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H1N1 and being overweight: You are more at risk for swine flu complications, hospitalization

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We’re learning as we go with this new flu.

We already know how it attacks young children and pregnant women. But a study released today of the first 16 weeks of the H1N1 swine flu now shows a new, highly vulnerable population: People who are very overweight.

A study by the California Pandemic Working Group that appears in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association compiled numbers from the California department of Public Health and 61 of the state’s local health departments between April 23 and Aug. 11.

The research studied 1,088 people who were hospitalized or died from the swine flu in California between those dates. Of those for whom body mass index (BMI) information was available, more than 50% were obese and about 25% were morbidly obese. That’s way out of proportion to our normal population – in society, only 4% to 5% of us are morbidly obese.

Why is this so?

Experts aren’t yet sure, and the Centers for Disease Control want even more study. But some believe that carrying the extra weight makes a person more vulnerable to breathing problems or respiratory complications. The most common causes of death in the California patients were viral pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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As per the research works it id founded that people who are overweight, highly obese, who consumes junk food and food which is not healthy are more likely to get caught by the problems of flu which normally are noticed in younger people and expected mothers. So rather people should take care on the food they consume and also take acre in maintaining the body weight they have.

April 7, 2010 - 11:49pm

Dear Diane, I just today came across your artical while scrolling through the articles. Of course, I have to say that I found it informative and adaptible to my life. All of the criteria that they expressed, fits me to a "T". I am not proud of this, however, the Doctors always put- MORBIDLY OBESE.. Everytime I read this in a report, I cringe!!! I have been fighting this condition all my life, and let me say that a lot of other medical problems influence my continued fight. But, I want to tell other women that you can find a lot olf
ways to keep yourselves from gaining more weight. Sometimes when I loose four pounds, I want to celebrate the fact. It really makes me feel that I am getting somewhere! Thanks for the article. Sincerely,Lioness111.

March 31, 2010 - 5:00pm
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You SHOULD celebrate when you lose four pounds! Or even two pounds! Every step in the right direction is a big step, in my opinion, especially when it comes to losing weight. It's more important to get it off slowly and keep it off than it is to get it off fast, because people who lose it fast are much more likely to gain it all back. If you lose four pounds and keep them off, you're a rock star! Keep it up!

Are there specific things that you are doing that you might share with other readers in the same boat?

April 2, 2010 - 9:00am

Really! Thanks for the information.

“The first wealth is health. - http://bit.ly/48bj8y”

November 7, 2009 - 10:50pm
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