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Covid-19 has made the obesity epidemic worse, but failed to ignite enough action

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n411 (Published 04 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n411

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Re: Covid-19 has made the obesity epidemic worse, but failed to ignite enough action

Dear Editor

Neither the autho, nor the two Rapid Responders have differentiated between being obese and being overweight.

Most, if not all, readers will be aware that you can be overweight as a result of having heavy skeletal mass.

Secondly, the author and the two responders might like to consider the role of thymic involution in determining resistance to infection?
I have no personal knowledge but I have read about it (in the BMJ).

Thank you

Competing interests: I am very old. I am not obese. So, far I have been spared the various bacterial and viral infections. Future? Who knows?

05 March 2021
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough, England
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