Stark link between obesity and Covid deaths revealed

According to the latest World Health Organisation (WHO)-backed research nine out of 10 deaths from coronavirus have occurred in countries with high obesity levels.

The study from the World Obesity Federation (WOF), which represents scientists, medical professionals and researchers from more than 50 regional and national obesity associations, showed mortality rates were 10 times higher where at least 50% of the population was overweight.

Analysis of both the latest mortality data from Johns Hopkins University, and the WHO Global Health Observatory data on obesity, reflected that 2.2-m of the 2.5-m global deaths were in countries with high levels of obesity.

The report did not find a single example of a country where less than 40% of the population was overweight having high death rates.

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