The Link Between Obesity And A Lowered Immune System

The Link Between Obesity And A Lowered Immune System

In these uncertain times when we are dealing with world-wide pandemics, it’s important to focus on what we can do to ensure our immune systems are at an optimal level.

It is widely known that obesity is linked to a lower immune system which leads to an increased risk of viral and bacterial infections.

Statistics also show us that not only does having a lowered immunity put you at higher risk of contracting viral and bacterial infections it also lowers your body’s ability to fight them once contracted.

Obesity and an increase in fat cells is also referred to as being in a state of low grade, chronic inflammation. This leads to your immune system being permanently switched on which eventually leads to a compromised or suppressed immune system.

The good news is that there is something you can do.

The relationship between weight and your immune system

When you lose weight the inflammation in your body reduces and over time this allows your immune system to get back to doing what it should do, which is be primed and ready to fight any impending viral and bacterial infections.

Statistics show that ideally a BMI of between 20-28 is required for a healthy immune system to function.

There are several ways to reduce your BMI, the most common being a calorie controlled diet and exercise program however if you have tried this in the past and have been unsuccessful then there may be more going on than you are aware of.

You may have a genetic pre-disposition to weight gain and obesity. In this case you may be better suited to stronger intervention to help get your weight under control such as a medical weight loss program or surgical weight loss.

No matter which way you decide to lower your BMI and lose weight you will be doing so much more for yourself than simply ‘looking and feeling’ better. You will be boosting your immune system and giving yourself a real chance at fighting any bacterial or viral infections that may come your way.