Larger thigh circumference linked with lower risk of heart disease

A larger thigh circumference may be associated with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease in people with obesity, according to a study by researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China. They found that in overweight and people with obesity obese, larger thigh circumferences were associated with lower blood pressure. These findings suggest that carrying more weight on the thighs may be a marker of better heart health in Chinese people in these weight classes, who are at a greater risk of heart disease.

COVID-19 pandemic could exacerbate childhood obesity

Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the US, according to researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr Andrew Rundle, associate professor of epidemiology at and colleagues, expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out-of-school time this year for many children in the US and will exacerbate risk factors for weight gain associated with summer recess.

SAGES and EAES recommendations for surgical response to COVID-19

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES) has released recommendations based on best available evidence and expert opinion from the global surgical community that will help to protect patients, their surgeons and staff from COVID-19.

The joint statement states that the virus has demonstrated a propensity to spread at an exponential rate in several countries, significantly impacting many lives and affecting our practice as healthcare professionals. The statement recommends that: