(UnitedVoice.com) – More than 534,000 people have died from COVID-19 complications in the US as of the first week of March 2021 according to Worldometer. Although the virus has a relatively low mortality rate, it does impact people differently. Those who have preexisting conditions are at a much higher risk of dying. And one of the biggest factors appears to be the obesity epidemic.
According to a March 3 London Telegraph article, the World Obesity Federation studied 100 countries and found that 2.2 million of the 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths happened in nations where obesity is a major issue. The study found that the death rates in those places were 10 times higher when 50% of the people living there were overweight.
In 2018, the obesity rate in adults in the US rose to more than 35%. A 2020 study by the Kaiser Foundation found that obese people were at “particulary high risk of death” no matter their age. That’s because they have higher rates of other medical problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes.
A healthy lifestyle could mean the difference between life and death. That’s something everyone should consider if they want to protect themselves from the virus.
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