Obesity increases the risk of Covid-19 death by 48%

Illustration of an obese man and a heart rhythm line

Obesity increases the risk of dying of Covid-19 by nearly 50% and may make vaccines against the disease less effective, according to a comprehensive study using global data.

The findings, which the lead researcher described as “scary”, show that the risks for people with obesity are greater than previously thought.

The study – a collaborative effort between the University of North Carolina (UNC), Saudi Health Council and the World Bank.

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Obesity not defined by weight, says new Canada guideline

Obesity should be defined by a person’s health – not just their weight, says a new Canadian clinical guideline.

“The dominant cultural narrative regarding obesity fuels assumptions about personal irresponsibility and lack of willpower and casts blame and shame upon people living with obesity,” the guideline, which is intended to be used by primary care physicians in diagnosing and treating obesity in their daily practice, states.

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Insurers: The Elephants Are Coming

Large insurers are starting to look a little like Ancient Rome. They are too prepared to compete on their historical strengths, from a front-on, conventional land grab by the tech companies. However, Tech, both existing big brands, and the rising cadre of new insurtech players laser focused on creating an all-round better product & experience (Lemonade, Hippo gaining the confidence of the markets this week to do just this) are the Hannibals of the insurance world, ready to take on the incumbent insurers with new, unseen tactics. 

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