Obesity linked to serious coronavirus illness


Obesity linked to serious coronavirus illness


Journal of Obesity & Eating Disorders is a peer-reviewed and open access journal with an aim to provide rapid and reliable source of information in the mode of original articles, review articles, case reports, short communications, etc. in all areas of the field and making them freely available through online without any restrictions or any other subscriptions to researchers worldwide.


Earlier studies from South Korea and China showed that the COVID-19 fatality rate increased significantly for older patients and those with pre-existing conditions. Recent studies from the U.S., the U.K. and France show that obesity is a risk factor, and that the virus infects and causes deaths more among the poorer sections of society.


A study of 3,615 COVID-19 patients who visited an academic hospital in New York shows that obesity increased the risk of severity even among relatively younger patients. For instance, patients who were highly obese (BMI >34 kg/m2) and were aged less than 60 years were 3.6 times more likely to be admitted to ICU compared to patients in the same age group who had a BMI lesser than 30.


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