COVID deaths around 10 times higher in countries where half or more of the population is overweight, according to a new study.
The death rate from COVID-19 is about 10 times higher in countries where half or more of the population is overweight, according to a report by the World Obesity Federation.
The report released Wednesday titled COVID-19 and Obesity: The Atlas 2021 showed that being overweight is a “highly significant predictor” of the development of complications related to the COVID-19 contraction such as hospitalization, intensive care and mechanical ventilation, in addition to being a “predictor of death” of the disease.
Researchers say countries where less than 40% of people are overweight had fewer coronavirus-related deaths, while countries like the UK, US and Italy, where more than 50% of the population is overweight, had much higher death rate.
“An overweight population is a population in poor health and a pandemic is waiting to occur,” the report said.
The report said that in the UK, 73.7% of the 10,465 critically ill patients with confirmed COVID-19 were overweight or obese.
Meanwhile, Vietnam has the lowest population overweight rate and the second lowest COVID death rate in the world.
He also pointed out that being overweight and obese could be risk factors for dangerous outcomes in people under the age of 60, those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 34 are twice as likely. to be admitted to intensive care than those with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 34 years. BMI less than 30.
“Reducing a major risk factor, being overweight, would have resulted in much less stress on health services and reduced the need to protect these services from overload,” the report found, suggesting that obese or overweight people should be priority for testing. and vaccination.
A survey conducted last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the obesity rate in the United States to be 42%, higher than the 40% found in a 2015-2016 study.
COVID-19 has killed more than 500,000 people in the United States to date and 2.56 million worldwide.
Information gathered over the past two decades has also shown that excess body weight is linked to worse outcomes in MERS, H1N1 influenza, and other influenza-related infections.