Hospital analysis finds nearly 50% obesity in small sample of COVID-19 patients
April 22, 2020
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been changed to clarify that the COVID-NET analysis of underlying conditions of COVID-19 patients was taken from only those patients whose data on their conditions was reported - 178 of the 1,482 patients in the study. Data on the remaining patients is not yet available.
Americans' addiction to greasy junk food and heaping meal portions, disparities in access to healthy food and sitting for hours on end have made us especially vulnerable to COVID-19.
The United States has more obese people - about 40 percent of the overall population - than any other major nation, and obesity has been linked to chronic, preventable illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Any of those conditions can lead to a more severe outcome of COVID-19.