Countries with high obesity saw 88% of all Covid deaths 

Countries with high obesity saw 88% of all Covid deaths 

Countries with high obesity saw 88% of all Covid deaths 

Obesity increases risk of Covid-19 complications

The World Obesity Federation reports that obesity is linked to a higher risk of severe Covid-19 and death from the disease.

The report says roughly nine in 10 Covid-19 deaths have occurred in countries with high obesity rates.

“Of the 2.5 million Covid-19 deaths reported by the end of February 2021, 2.2 million were in countries where more than half the population is classified as overweight,” the report said. 

The International Monetary Fund has calculated that Covid-19 will cause a total of at least $10 trillion losses in global output over the period 2020-2021, and accumulating to $22 trillion over the period 2020-2025, the report said.

“Based on the UK experience, where an estimated 36 per cent of Covid-19 hospitalisations have been attributed to lack of physical activity and excess body weight, it can be suggested that up to a third of the costs – between $6 trillion and $7 trillion over the longer period – might be attributable to these predisposing risks.”

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