Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –
The World Obesity Forum released a study on the risk of death due to it covid-19 which is affected by obesity.
Countries that are predominantly overweight have a 10-fold higher risk of dying from Covid-19, compared to countries with fewer overweight populations.
Quoting CNNResearchers examined mortality data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and found that of the 2.5 million deaths from Covid-19 reported at the end of February, 2.2 million occurred in countries where more half of the population is overweight or obese.
In analyzing data and studies from more than 160 countries, the researchers found that the Covid-19 death rate increased along with the prevalence of obesity in those countries.
The report found that every country where less than 40 percent of the population is overweight has a low Covid-19 death rate, no more than 10 people per 100,000.
But in countries where more than 50 percent of the population is overweight, the Covid-19 mortality rate is much higher-more than 100 per 100 thousand.
Researchers say that being overweight can also exacerbate other health problems and viral infections, such as H1N1, flu and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
The World Obesity Forum advises prioritizing those living with obesity for Covid-19 testing and vaccination.
“The population that is overweight is an unhealthy population, and a pandemic is waiting to happen,” the group wrote.
In the US, nearly three-quarters of the population is overweight or obese, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.