- This means two-thirds of Americans remain at risk for COVID-19 complications.
- Forty percent of Americans are obese, 32% are overweight, according to the CDC.
- The CDC said obese people can become really ill from the novel coronavirus and face hospitalization. Risk of death can increase with higher body mass index.
Research supports this finding
Per Bloomberg, a review of 75 studies with data on COVID-19 and body mass index “found a strong relationship between those who were overweight and obese and the risks of hospitalization and needing ICU treatment.”
- The study raised questions about whether or not a vaccine developed for the average adult would be less effective in obese and overweight populations, too, according to Bloomberg.
Obesity on the rise
- “The findings may be especially concerning amid the pandemic as obesity lends worse outcomes from COVID-19, and minorities are disproportionately impacted by both the virus and obesity.”