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People under 50 with overweight and obesity at greater risk for severe COVID-19

Being under 50 years of age does not protect against the dangers of COVID-19 if you are overweight, according to a study from UT Southwestern (UTSW).

“If you’re young. (in the study, young is defined as age 50 or younger) and have obesity you’re still at high risk despite your age,” said Dr Justin Grodin, senior author of the study.

The study found. Overall, adult patients with severe obesity had a 26 percent higher risk of dying.

“In general, individuals with obesity are more likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19 than normal weight individuals”In the hospital, individuals with obesity are at higher risk for death or the need for mechanical ventilation to help them breathe, even if they are young.”

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