Almost 75 percent of all Americans who have passed away from the coronavirus were either obese or overweight, according to new information released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The data released from one study discovered that almost 50 percent of those who have died from the contagion were obese and approximately 27.3 percent were overweight. While a body mass index (BMI) exceeding 30 is considered obese, overweight people generally have a BMI of 25 to 29.9. In the U.S., about 70 percent of Americans are considered to be overweight, with 42.4 percent being considered obese, according to the Daily Wire.
In addition to this information, the CDC found that nearly eight in 10 people who were hospitalized for the virus were either obese or overweight.
The recent CDC data tracks a report from the World Obesity Federation (WOF) that suggested 90 percent of all COVID-19 fatalities worldwide have occurred in countries where at least half the population is considered obese or overweight—the U.S. being just one such country.
The Daily Wire reported:
More than 525,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, which is nearly double of the death toll in Brazil, where some 266,000 have died from the virus, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The WOF said 2.2 million of the world’s 2.5 million COVID-19 deaths so far have occurred in countries where 50% or more of the population is obese or overweight.
“Increased body weight is the second greatest predictor of hospitalization and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19,” the federation reported.
“Only old age rates as a higher risk factor. The unprecedented economic costs of COVID-19 are largely due to the measures taken to avoid the excess hospitalization and need for treatment of the disease,” the report said.
“Reducing one major risk factor, overweight, would have resulted in far less stress on health services and reduced the need to protect those services from being overwhelmed.”
The WOF report also said nearly 50 percent of those who passed away of COVID-19 after being seen in the hospital for the virus were 75 years old or older. While the U.S. has the most deaths from the virus, the country only ranks eight-worst when it comes to COVID-19 death rate per capita, with 152.5 victims per 100,000 people.
“People with obesity more than twice as likely to need hospitalization and more than six times as likely to need mechanically assisted breathing and more than six times as likely to die following development of COVID-19,” the WOF report said.
The CDC also noted that people who happened to be morbidly obese, with a. BMI of 45 or higher, were about 1.5 times more likely to die of the virus than the average person.
The WOF report also noted that more than two-thirds (67.9 percent) of adults have a BMI above 25, while a range between 18 and 24 is considered more or less healthy.
“These results highlight the need to promote and support a healthy BMI, which might be especially important for populations disproportionately affected by obesity, particularly Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic black adults and persons from low-income households, which are populations who have a higher prevalence of obesity and are more likely to have worse outcomes from COVID-19 compared with other populations,” the CDC authors wrote.
“As clinicians develop care plans for COVID-19 patients, they should consider the risk for severe outcomes in patients with higher BMIs, especially for those with severe obesity,” the agency wrote.
This new data has run counter to what has been previously said, with many suggesting that COVID-19 infected and killed indiscriminately, but experts are now learning the specific health conditions that can exacerbate the effects of the virus on those who already demonstrate unhealthy physical habits in daily life.