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CDC: 78 Percent of People Hospitalized for COVID-19 Were Obese or Overweight

CDC: 78 Percent of People Hospitalized for COVID-19 Were Obese or Overweight
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By    |   Monday, 08 March 2021 06:45 PM

About 78% of people who have been hospitalized, required a ventilator, or died from COVID-19 have been obese or overweight according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“As clinicians develop care plans for COVID-19 patients, they should consider the risk for severe outcomes in patients with higher BMIs, especially for those with severe obesity,” wrote the CDC, according to CNBC.

Statistics gathered in 2018 show that 42% of the U.S. population is obese. Being overweight is categorized as having a BMI of 25, while obesity is classified as having a BMI of 30 or more.

A recent report from the World Obesity Federation found that in countries where more than half of adults are overweight, COVID-19 mortality rates are 10 times higher than in other nations.

Studies have shown that carrying excess weight increases the severity of the disease and causes a 50% increased risk of dying from COVID-19. The rate of obesity has been skyrocketing in America, prompting healthcare experts to refer to its juxtaposition with the coronavirus as an “epidemic within an epidemic.”

According to Forbes, obesity causes several health issues that predispose people to COVID-19 complications. One of fat’s most powerful effects is suppression the immune system’s response to the virus.

According to The New York Times, the immune cells of an overweight 30-year-old resemble those of an 80-year-old person. Excess fat not only affects the immune system, it also compresses the lungs, making it harder for people to breathe. The blood from an obese person is more prone to clotting, according to the Times, stripping the tissues of oxygen.

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