More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. In the United States, 36.5 percent of adults are obese. Another 32.5 percent of American adults are overweight. In all, more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. Now, CDC says there is overweight Covid Risk. Before it was just obese.
Obesity and Overweight COVID-19 Risks Podcast 25 minutes Oct. 15, 2020
University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill nutrition scholar Barry Popkin, PhD, discusses new findings on obesity and COVID-19. Popkin is the lead author of a systematic review and meta-analysis on the topic that was published recently in Obesity Reviews. He is a distinguished professor in the department of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Popkin, found surprises in the numbers he and his collaborators crunched. Adults with Covid-19 who are obese had a 113% higher risk of being hospitalized. They also had a 48% higher risk of dying from the disease than normal-weight or overweight adults.
Very interesting podcast discussing obesity and overweight in the U.S. and all over the world. Worth listening to. Popkin is a very good speaker.
Related article Popkin interview transcript: Large Meta-analysis Digs Into Obesity’s COVID-19 Risks
Barry Popkin, PhD, found surprises in the numbers he and his collaborators crunched.
The results compelled Popkin and his collaborators to crunch the numbers. Their recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Obesity Reviews, includes 75 international studies that examined the association of excess weight across the COVID-19 spectrum—from infection to death.
To read the article, click here. It is an edited transcript of a Popkin intervew.
Link to Popkin’s (and other authors) research paper. The paper is technical but understandable. Good illustrations.