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Large Meta-analysis Digs Into Obesity’s COVID-19 Risks

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As the toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mounted in the pandemic’s early months, it soon became apparent that people with diabetes and hypertension, among other factors, were at heightened risk of severe disease. But obesity didn’t attract as much attention, according to nutrition scholar Barry Popkin, PhD, of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

That’s what compelled Popkin and his collaborators to crunch the numbers on obesity and COVID-19 worldwide. Their recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Obesity Reviews, includes 75 international studies that examined the association of excess weight across the COVID-19 spectrum—from infection to death.

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As the toll from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mounted in the pandemic’s early months, it soon became apparent that people with diabetes and hypertension, among other factors, were at heightened risk of severe disease. But obesity didn’t attract as much attention, according to nutrition scholar Barry Popkin, PhD, of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.

That’s what compelled Popkin and his collaborators to crunch the numbers on obesity and COVID-19 worldwide. Their recent systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Obesity Reviews, includes 75 international studies that examined the association of excess weight across the COVID-19 spectrum—from infection to death.

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