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    Default Obesity linked To Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially For Younger Patients

    Roni Caryn Rabin
    April 16 2020

    Young adults with obesity are more likely to be hospitalized, even if they have no other health problems, studies show.

    Obesity may be one of the most important predictors of severe coronavirus illness, new studies say. It’s an alarming finding for the United States, which has one of the highest obesity rates in the world.

    Though people with obesity frequently have other medical problems, the new studies point to the condition in and of itself as the most significant risk factor, after only older age, for being hospitalized with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

    Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/16/h...8b0e20e9725adc
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    Default Re: Obesity linked To Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially For Younger Patients

    Boy, this is a wake up call. The studies are preliminary but the anecdotal evidence seems compelling. As I teeter between being overweight and obese on the BMI chart, I was happy to read that obesity does not appear to be linked to severe coronavirus for people over 60. I guess being older can have benefits sometimes.

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