Prioritize overweight people for coronavirus vaccinations, insist the authors of a new report. The report shows a strong link between obesity and virus deaths. And that is nowhere worse than in our country.
The vast majority of global coronavirus deaths occurred in highly obese countries, according to a new report linking overweight populations to more serious covid-related illnesses and deaths.
The World Obesity Federation report found that 88 percent of deaths from Covid-19 in the first year of the pandemic occurred in countries where more than half of the population is overweight. Overweight is defined in the report as a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.
Of the countries where more than half of the adult population is overweight, Belgium has the highest mortality rate
The report also found that in countries where less than half of the adult population is not overweight, the risk of death from Covid-19 was about one-tenth that in countries with a higher proportion of overweight adults. A higher BMI is also associated with an increased risk of hospitalization, admission to intensive or critical care and the need for mechanically assisted ventilation.
These findings were almost uniform around the world, the report says. Of the countries where more than half of the adult population is overweight, Belgium has the highest mortality rate, followed by Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Italy and Portugal are in 5th and 6th place, while the US is in 8th.
Vietnam, on the other hand, has the lowest Covid death rate in the world and the second lowest level of obesity in the population.
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