Obesity & COVID-19: A Dangerous Combination

June 24, 2020

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thumbnail_COVID-19-BLOG-1While the country continues to navigate the uncertainty of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, recent evidence points to a distressing yet sadly unsurprising fact. Obesity, and especially morbid obesity, is linked to higher mortality and severe symptoms due to COVID-19 when compared to healthy weight patients.

While the data is still coming in and studies have not yet been peer-reviewed, here is what researchers have learned about the deadly link between obesity and COVID-19. The following findings were published in Medical News Today on May 6, 2020:

  • In China, where the outbreak began, data from 383 patients showed that having obesity was associated with a 142% higher risk of developing severe pneumonia associated with COVID-19.
  • A larger study of over 4,000 patients with COVID-19 in New York City found that severe obesity was a major risk factor for hospitalization, second only to age.
  • In Seattle, a study of critically ill COVID-19 patients made similar findings. This analysis found that 85% of patients with obesity required mechanical ventilation, compared to 64% of patients without the condition. Moreover, 62% of the patients with obesity died of COVID-19, compared with 36% of those without obesity. However, it is important to note that this particular study included only 24 patients, all of whom were critically ill, making it difficult to draw far-reaching conclusions from the data.
  • The final study included in the analysis involved 124 patients in Lille, France, and also found that patients with obesity were more likely to require invasive mechanical ventilation.

Together the data suggest that obesity is a major risk factor for COVID-19 infection severity and mortality. What it also supports is the tremendously critical work needed to help reduce your exposure through weight loss. This is not only important now amid the pandemic but for the future of your weight loss journey.

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