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Covid-19 Vaccines & Overweight/Obesity

As a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, clinical practice guidelines of excellence call for not only treating the condition of overweight/obesity, but also for addressing the comprehensive healthcare needs individuals with this condition. After all, effective treatment for one thing loses its impact if a competing condition causes illness. Historically, this has emphasized ensuring people were up to date on routine health maintenance, as studies showed that individuals with overweight/obesity were less likely to have received preventive care such as pap tests, mammograms, colon cancer and prostate cancer screenings according to recommendations, than individuals without overweight/obesity. It has also meant to evaluate other signs or symptoms, as improving the health from one condition does no good if someone gets sick from another competing condition, and weight bias showed that missed and delayed diagnoses were more common. Lately, like many health care providers, I have seen more and more of my patients getting sick from Covid-19. So, today, it means to me talking about Covid-19 vaccines, booster shots, and monoclonal antibody treatments. It also is apparent that this virus is not going to go away, and will likely be with the human population in some capacity for the foreseeable future, unless there is some major change. So, today’s blog is about a few major points I think are important to consider as you think about your choices regarding Covid-19.

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