Obesity and COVID-19: A Perspective from the European Association for the Study of Obesity on Immunological Perturbations, Therapeutic Challenges, and Opportunities in Obesity

Gijs H Goossens, Dror Dicker, Nathalie J Farpour-Lambert, Gema Frühbeck, Dana Mullerova, Euan Woodward, Jens-Christian Holm

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Abstrakt

Accumulating evidence suggests that obesity is a major risk factor for the initiation, progression, and outcomes of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), as a scientific and medical society dedicated to the promotion of health and well-being, is greatly concerned about the concomitant obesity and COVID-19 pandemics and their impact on health and society at large. In this perspective, we will address the inherent immunological perturbations and alterations in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in patients with obesity and COVID-19, and discuss how these impairments may underlie the increased susceptibility and more detrimental outcomes of COVID-19 in people with obesity. Clearly, this has important implications for preventive measures, vaccination, and future therapeutic strategies to combat COVID-19. Furthermore, we will highlight important knowledge gaps and provide suggestions for future research and recommendations for policy actions. Since many new reports on COVID-19 rapidly appear, the present perspective should be seen as a focus for discussion to drive forward further understanding, research initiatives, and clinical management of COVID-19.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)439-452
Antal sider14
TidsskriftObesity Facts
Vol/bind13
Udgave nummer4
Tidlig onlinedato13 aug. 2020
DOI
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2020

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© 2020 The Author(s) Published by S. Karger AG, Basel.

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