Researchers working to identify link between obesity, severe cases of COVID-19

Researchers working to identify link between obesity, severe cases of COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Doctors have noticed that in many instances, people contracting severe cases of COVID-19 have been obese.

One study of more than 5,200 infected people, including 35% who were obese, found that the chances of hospitalization rose for people with a higher body mass index, even when taking into account other health conditions.

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Researchers said multiple factors make it harder for people who are obese to fight COVID-19. The extra weight could limit the lungs' ability to expand and breathe. Another issue is chronic inflammation.

Researchers said obesity could be a factor in why some countries were hit hard by the virus. In the U.S., the obesity rate among adults is 42%.

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