78% of COVID-19 Hospitalisations and Deaths in Overweight or Obese
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1. Kompaniyets, L. et al. (March 12, 2021) Body Mass Index and Risk for COVID-19-Related Hospitalization, Intensive Care Unit Admission, Invasive Mechanical Ventilation, and Death – United States, March-December 2020. CDC Weekly MM Report Vol.70, No.10; 355-61.
"Obesity is a recognized risk factor for severe COVID-19, possibly related to chronic inflammation that disrupts immune and thrombogenic responses to pathogens as well as to impaired lung function from excess weight (4). Obesity is a common metabolic disease, affecting 42.4% of U.S. adults, and is a risk factor for other chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers."
"As we show in this report, increased bodyweight is the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19. Only old age rates as a higher risk factor."
"Among 148,494 adults who received a COVID-19 diagnosis during an emergency department (ED) or inpatient visit at 238 U.S. hospitals during March–December 2020, 28.3% had overweight and 50.8% had obesity."
What You Need to Know:
"COVID-19 is not the first respiratory viral infection exacerbated by overweight. Data from the last two decades on the impact of MERS, H1N1 influenza and other influenza-related infections show worse outcomes linked to excess bodyweight."
"For these reasons we need to recognise overweight as a major risk factor for infectious diseases including respiratory viruses. To prevent pandemic health crises in future requires action now: we call on all readers to support the World Obesity Federation’s call for stronger, more resilient economies that prioritise investment in people’s health."
The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be blamed solely on the virus. What we are experiencing is a syndemic comprised of an existing chronic illness pandemic and an otherwise non-deadly seasonal virus. It is scientifically inaccurate and clinically ineffective to view this as solely an infectious disease pandemic.
Take away obesity and you take away 78% of hospitalisations and deaths. Take away the increased risk associated with lack of physical activity and you are left with a mild flu year. It’s time to honestly discuss and address the importance of lifestyle-related preventable risk factors – lives are at stake.
"An overweight population is an unhealthy population, and a pandemic waiting to happen."
What You Need to Do:
You need to understand and act on the FACT that if you want to get and stay well, you simply must learn and commit to Eat Well-Move Well-Think Well.
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