According to the latest information shared by CDC, 78% of people are facing overweight those who were hospitalization for COVID.
Approximate 8 people out of 10, who have been hospitalized for COVID-19 were noted as overweight or obese, according to the released study by the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention. CDC also found in its research a higher body mass index is associated with serious coronavirus infection such as ventilated and died from COVID. According to CDC, the serious coronavirus illness contributed by obesity because extra weight impedes lung function and can also outrage the body’s immune system.
According to the information shared by CDC in 2018, over 42% of the U.S. population has considered obese based on BIM (body mass index). Overweight is defined as a body mass index of 25 or more, while obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or more.
Among 148,498 people were diagnoses with COVID-19 infection during emergency department in U.S. hospitals from March 2020 to December 2020, and 71491 were hospitalized. In the admitted population, 27.8% of patients were accounted overweight and 50.2% were accounted for obese, as per the report published by CDC.
The agency analyzed the risk of hospitalization, with ICU admission and death being the lowest among individuals with BMI less than 25. The agency said the risk of serious illness “increased exponentially”, although BMI increased, especially among people 65 and older.
According to the CDC’s BMI calculator, a 5-foot 10-inch man at 175 pounds and a 5-foot 4-inch woman at 146 pounds would be considered overweight with a BMI of only 25. A man and a woman of the same height would be considered obese at 210 pounds and 175 pounds respectively.
According to the CDC, Self-reported obesity has the highest prevalence among non-Hispanic black adults, followed by Hispanic adults and non-Hispanic whites. Around 40% of black adults reported having a BMI of over 30, followed by Hispanics (33.8%) and whites (29.9%).
In the previous week, the World Obesity Federation released a study based on data from Johns Hopkins University which found that there is “a dramatic relationship” between obesity rates and international mortality. The U.S. and countries like the U.K, where more than half of the population is classified as overweight or obese, reported more deaths per capita. Meanwhile, Vietnam, the country that is accounted to holds the lowest death rate due to coronavirus in the world, is reported a lower rate of obesity of 18.3, which is the second-lowest obesity rate across the globe.