A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged individuals to be vaccinated to avoid the flu. But researchers have shown that persons who are fat or overweight are not getting as much benefit from the flu vaccine as the general population. And this might be a significant problem for the United States, where more than two-thirds of adults are obese.
To begin, during the first significant flu outbreak of this century, which occurred in 2009, this problem was first noticed. According to medical professionals, those who are fat have a harder time recuperating from the flu. Flu vaccinations for fat individuals are currently useless, and experts are trying to figure out why. At the same time, they are working on developing new flu vaccines.
Stacey Schultz-Cherry, an infectious disease expert, stated, “We hadn’t noticed that prior.” The flu virus has the potential to multiply and spread to deeper parts of the lungs than is normal during an infection with the virus. Flu is an infectious disease and may escalate to an epidemic, according to the University of Maryland’s studies, she added. Additionally, “The obese/overweight kids had additional virus coming out in their exhaled air,” said Schultz-Cherry. During a flu outbreak in Nicaragua, experts studied a small group of people. They found that recovering from the flu virus required an extra day for obese people compared to those with a lower body mass index.
Preliminary research focused on the differences in the brains of obese teens and their slim counterparts when discussing the negative effects of childhood obesity. Overweight teens’ brains white matter showed evidence of diminished “integrity” in this study, which made use of cutting-edge MRI technology. The researchers found a link between “reward” seeking and emotional regulation and a decrease in white-matter integrity in a particular location of the brain.