Obesity clearly raises the risk for severe Covid-19. Class I obesity (BMI of 30 – 34.9) raises the risk of mechanical ventilation with 54%, compared to those with a normal BMI. This risk doubles for those with a BMI of more than 40. Those who have a BMI of more than 40 are 2.6 times …

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If you have noticed an increase in your weight since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, you are not alone. A recent national study shows that more than half of South Africans have gained weight during the pandemic.  44% gained between 2-5 kg; 15% are 6-10 kg heavier and 4% picked up 10 kgs or …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on mental and physical health of people, and reportedly, the risk of severe illness or death is exacerbated in people with chronic underlying health conditions such as obesity. Forced confinement and social distancing have restricted people from normal exercise options, and the dietary habits of people have …

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Corporate Wellness Written by Jenna Bowes, Registered Dietitian What is wellness? Traditionally, wellness is understood as the state of being, a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Achieving wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being absent of …

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As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on the physical health of people, with many dying and others becoming very ill. It has also caused immense economic and social disruptions. But what about the mental wellbeing of people during this pandemic? How is Covid-19 affecting people mentally and what should …

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Covid-19 has turned the world as we knew it, upside down. For a long period, we were confined to our homes and denied social activities such as exercising and staying fit. This takes both a mental and physical toll on us. We asked the father-and-daughter team of Farouk Abrahams, who runs a football academy, and …

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