U.C. Health - COVID-19 Crisis Highlights the Growing Prevalence of Obesity

People...with obesity and type two diabetes are at a higher risk for covid-19. This morning we have doctor brad watkins ...the Associate Professor of Surgery at U-C . The current COVID-19 crisis highlights the growing prevalence of obesity in the U.S. and around the world. More than 2 in 3 adults are overweight or have obesity, increasing risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep disorders and multiple cancers. Adults with severe obesity (40 or higher Body Mass Index or BMI) are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). For those who are more than 100 pounds overweight, health risks increase dramatically. Even if you haven't yet developed diabetes or other chronic diseases, it is still affecting your ability to heal and makes you more susceptible to illness. It's never too late to seek help for obesity through bariatric surgery or medical weight loss programs.

U.C. Health - COVID-19 Crisis Highlights the Growing Prevalence of Obesity