Shedding Pounds Can Lower COVID19 Risk

A new finding by researchers from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna in Italy revealed that obesity is a strong, independent risk factor for respiratory failure, admission to the ICU and death among COVID-19 patients. The extent of risk was tied to a person's level of obesity after analyzing 482 COVID-19 patients hospitalized between March 1 and April 20, 2020.

The researchers used body mass index (BMI) to define obesity in the study, and although BMI can be misleading in determining whether or not you're at a healthy body weight, in part because it does not take muscle mass into account. It's the most commonly used measurement for defining obesity.

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