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Hungarians Gained Extra Kilos in Quarantine

Csongor Szij 2021.06.28.

In an interview with Róbert J. Bedros, President of the Hungarian Society of Obesitology and Physical Therapy, Director General of St. Imre Training Hospital, and Gábor Simonyi, Head of the Metabolism Center of St. Imre Training Hospital, they discussed why Hungarians gained so much weight over the quarantine period as well as what ranking Hungary has on the World Obesity Chart.

The two experts said that Hungary is still the most obese country in Europe and the fourth in the world. Sadly, being overweight also doesn’t help in fighting the COVID-19 virus. According to a recent study summarizing data from 400,000 patients, obese patients were 113% more likely to be hospitalized, 74% more likely to be referred to the intensive care unit, and 48% more likely to die.

Children in need of intensive care were almost exclusively obese.”

The specialists also mentioned that according to the World Organization for Obesity, coronavirus-related deaths were ten times higher in countries where more than half of the population was overweight or obese, and researchers at Johns Hopkins University have also shown this connection between overweight patients and coronavirus mortality. “Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced the already unfavorable trends,” the experts added.

They blamed it on digital education, “home office,” and that we had less chance of going outside, all leading to Hungarians becoming on average about 3-5 kilograms heavier. They added, however, that those who wish to lose weight should seek professional help to do so.

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