CDC Study Reveals That 78% of COVID-19 Hospitalizations Were Obese
Out of 71, 491 adults that tested positive for COVID-19 and were admitted to the hospital. According to the study, 27.8 percent of individuals were overweight and 50.2 percent were obese. Body-mass-index was used to determine who was labeled overweight or obese. Overweight individuals have a BMI of at least 25 and obese individuals have a BMI of at least 30. The CDC found that hospitalizations and deaths were lower for individuals who had a BMI under 25.
Body-mass-index can be skewed to show an extremely muscular individual as overweight or obese. Furthermore, a 5 ft 10 IN. man who weighs 175 pounds or a 5 ft 4 IN. woman who weighs 146 pounds are both considered overweight, according to the CDC’s BMI calculator.
The CDC's most recent data from 2018 showed around 42% of Americans listed as overweight. “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 said.
Obesity is extremely common in the US and has been linked to decreased immune functioning and lung capacity.