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Obesity is a big risk factor for severe COVID

According to a really thorough review of COVID (nearly 150,000 cases), if you are obese, that greatly raises the odds that if you contract COVID-19, your case could be severe.

In fact, simply being overweight (ate least in terms of a BMI over 25) also raises the risk of severity.

More specifically, in one group of patients, 46% of those who died from the virus were obese and 27.3% were overweight.

Both those statements hold especially true for people under the age of 65.

Adding weight to this finding, last week, another international study concluded that the risk of death from coronavirus infection is about 10 times higher in countries where most of the population is overweight, which might explain in part at least why the US, for example, has had so many more deaths from COVID than India, for example.

I know no one needs this reminder but as a Jewish zaydie I really can’t help repeating it: Healthy eating and exercise are proving once again to be the keys for better health outcomes, even duding a pandemic.