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Obesity can increase risk of coronavirus death 90%

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 25, 2020
Severe obesity can increase the chance of dying from coronavirus 90 percent, new research shows.
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A new Public Health England (PHE) report found a dramatic rise in the risk of hospitalisation and death from coronavirus, prompting an urgent Government campaign to slim down the nation.

The public has been snacking more in lockdown and, despite increases in sales of bikes and exercise equipment, overall activity levels appear to have dropped compared to before the pandemic, the PHE review said.

The study concluded that people who are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, have a higher risk of hospitalisation and poor outcomes if they catch coronavirus.

Experts also discovered that having a BMI of 35 to 40 increases the risk of death from coronavirus 40 percent compared to people who are a healthy weight. A BMI of 40 or more increases the risk by 90 percent.