Overweight and obesity were risk factors for 79% of patients with covid-19 who needed to be intubated or treated in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), a study from the United States’ CDC (Disease Control and Prevention Center) showed. .
“Overweight and obesity were risk factors for invasive mechanical ventilation, and obesity was a risk factor for hospitalization and death, especially among adults under 65 years old,” pointed out the research.
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The data were obtained through a database in 238 hospitals in the USA, where the BMI (Body Mass Index) of 71,491 patients hospitalized with covid-19 was analyzed. The ideal BMI is between 19 and 25.9, overweight between 25 and 29.9, and obese over 30.
According to the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), about 60.3% of the Brazilian population over 18 is overweight, with 26.8% being obese.
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