A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vast majority of people in the United States facing complications from Covid-19 infection are overweight or obese.
For the study, the researchers examined 150,000 patients hospitalized with Covid-19 admitted to 200 hospitals in the United States between March and December 2020. In the study, 50.2% were classified as obese, while 27.8 % were overweight.
The study found that patients with a BMI of 45 or more, which corresponds to severe obesity, were 33% more likely to be hospitalized and 61% more likely to die than those at a healthy weight.
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Previous studies have also claimed that inflammation caused by excess fatty tissue in obese and overweight patients worsens the outcome of Covid-19 infection, which again triggers inflammation.
In an interview with the United States todayDr Ethan Lazarus, president-elect of the Obesity Medicine Association, said being overweight can also cause breathing difficulties.
“It’s not about carrying the weight. Their lungs are limited, so they can’t expand to get the oxygen they need, ”added Lazarus.
The CDC, in a separate study, found that over 40% of Americans are obese, while over 70% are overweight.