Obesity as a Risk Factor for COVID-19 Severity
Obesity, defined as a BMI of 30 or greater, is a risk factor for COVID-19 complications. Those with severe obesity, defined as a BMI of 40 or greater, have been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a vulnerable population during this pandemic.
Although severe obesity alone is considered a risk factor that makes a patient with COVID-19 more vulnerable to serious illness, a number of obesity-related disease can also put patients at risk.
Although COVID-19 is an infectious disease, the current pandemic highlights the importance of treating and preventing chronic diseases on a population level. The rising international rates of obesity and its related comorbidities means that millions of people are susceptible to serious illness from novel infectious diseases
A follow-up to the WellOK July 13, 2022 Event.