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

Illustration of an obese man and a heart rhythm line
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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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We don’t need gyms to reopen. We never really needed them in the first place.

Some surveys have suggested that, contrary to expectations, gym closures and lockdowns have prompted previously inactive people to move more.

The absence of gyms has broadened our idea of what “exercise” means and, in some ways, made it more accessible to people who previously recoiled at the word.

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