He revealed the stark link between obesity and Covid deaths

He revealed the stark link between obesity and Covid deaths

Nine out of 10 deaths due to the Coronavirus occurred in countries with high levels of obesity, according to research supported by the World Health Organization that shows the stark link between excess weight and lives lost due to disease.

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

It provides new insight into why people in some countries die at much higher rates after contracting the virus compared to others.

Age is seen as the largest predictor of dangerous outcomes, which has resulted in the elderly being given priority in most countries that roll out the Covid-19 vaccine. But WOF said its report “shows for the first time that the overweight population is ranked second”. She now calls for giving this group priority to vaccination.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said the report “should act as a wake-up call for governments worldwide” to tackle obesity.

An analysis of both the latest mortality data from Johns Hopkins University and the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory data on obesity showed that 2.2 million of the 2.5 million global deaths were in countries with high levels of obesity.

Scientists have sought to understand the difference in death rates between Asian and Western countries, as well as low-income and high-income countries. The WOF suggests that discovering the ‘common denominator’ of obesity is an important part of the explanation.

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Tim Lobstein, senior policy advisor at the World Economic Council and author of the report, said death rates are ten times higher in countries where more than 50 percent of the population is overweight. The increase in national death rates, with countries crossing the 50 percent threshold of overweight, has been “dramatic”.

The report, released before World Obesity Day on Thursday, did not find a single example of a country where less than 40 percent of the population is overweight and with high death rates. On the other hand, no country has such high mortality rates – at least 100 per 100,000 – less than 50 percent of its population is overweight.

Scatter chart showing the relationship between obesity prevalence and Covid mortality rates.  In all countries with a death rate greater than 100 per 100,000 people, more than half of adults are overweight.  In countries with low death rates, most have significantly lower levels of adult obesity

Vietnam, for example, has the lowest recorded death rate in the world and the second lowest level of overweight people: just 0.04 per 100,000 deaths from Covid-19 and 18.3 percent of adults are overweight, according to organized data. Global health.

In contrast, the United Kingdom has the third-highest death rate in the world and the fourth-highest obesity rate, with 184 deaths per 100,000 and 63.7 per cent of adults who are overweight. The United States follows with about 152 deaths per 100,000 and nearly 68 percent are obese.

“The link between obesity and death rates from Covid-19 is clear and compelling,” Tedros said. He added that investment in public health and coordinated international action is needed to address the root causes of obesity, as “one of the best ways for countries to build resilience in health systems after the pandemic.”

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Lobstein, a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and a former advisor to the World Health Organization, said governments have failed to tackle obesity for many years despite UN targets. However, Covid-19 was only the latest infection aggravated by weight problems: “We’ve seen it in the past with Mers, H1N1 and other respiratory illnesses,” he added.

The report also presented an economic case for taking action to control obesity, saying that the costs of community closures to prevent health services from being bypassed “could have been significantly reduced if governments addressed population weight issues prior to the pandemic.”

Of the $ 28 trillion that the International Monetary Fund has projected as a global cost in lost economic output worldwide through 2025, “at least six trillion dollars will be attributed directly to the issue of overweight people,” he said.

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