Study finds nations with higher obesity rate had more COVID-19-related deaths

Study finds nations with higher obesity rate had more COVID-19-related deaths

- A study found that nations with high obesity rate also had higher COVID-19 -related deaths

- The rate of deaths in such counties was 10 times higher as compared to other countries

- In these nations, at least 50% of their adults fall under the category of being overweight

- The appalling data was that 90% or approximately 2.2 million out of the current global deaths of 2.5 million was in counties with high obesity rate

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A study that analyzed COVID-19 deaths from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. and the data on obesity from the World Health Organization's Global Health Observatory showed that countries where at least 50% of its adults were obese also had a higher COVID-19-related death.

Study finds nations with higher obesity rate had more COVID-19-related deaths
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Although there is no country without an obese adult, the authors of the study noted that countries like Japan and South Korea where the obesity levels are low also had very low levels of deaths related to COVID-19, reported Reuters.

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This was revealed by Tim Lobstein, a visiting professor at Sydney University in Australia and also an expert advisor to the World Obesity Federation.

The study also noted that countries with the highest death rate also had high obesity levels. These include Britain and the United States, reported ABS-CBN.

As of press time, Worldometer reports that there are already 116,207,512 cases in the world, with deaths at 2,580,794 and those who have recovered are at 91,877,792.

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The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.

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Doctors are warning the public that they have seen some long-lasting effects on coronavirus patients especially young ones. The patients have already recovered from the illness but they exhibited some lasting side effects. Malaise and difficulty breathing were among the effects that doctors see, with a number of patients becoming bedridden. Some patients became bedridden even though that they only suffered from a mild case of COVID-19.

The pandemic has caused many people to be more vigilant with their health especially that the immune system plays a very important role in fighting the virus. Fruits are among the best sources of immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals. Some of the fruits that could literally improve immunity include dalanghita and chico. Health experts have reminded the public to keep their immune system strong to help fight off the virus.

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