CDC study: Half of people hospitalized for COVID were obese
Published: March 9, 2021
Source: the hill
Obesity is a key factor in the severity of a COVID-19 diagnosis, according to a new study published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC found that of the 148,494 adults across 238 hospitals who were diagnosed with COVID-19, nearly 51 percent were obese, and nearly 28 percent were overweight.
Overweight is defined as having a body mass index of 25 or more, while obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or more.
Just over 42 percent of the U.S. population was considered obese in 2018, according to the CDC's most recent data.
Being overweight and/or obese were risk factors for invasive mechanical ventilation, and obesity was a risk factor for hospitalization and death, particularly among adults under the age of 65, the CDC said.
The CDC study found the risk for hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths were lowest among individuals with a BMI under 25. As BMIs increased, the risk of severe illness “sharply increased," particularly among people 65 and older, the agency said.Read More...