A study presented at the American Heart Association's virtual Scientific Sessions found people with obesity, regardless of age, had a higher risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19, being put on a ventilator and dying from the disease compared with patients with normal weight, and the risks progressively rise as the patient's body mass index increases. The findings, based on data from patients with COVID-19 at 88 US hospitals, showed patients with higher BMIs were also more likely to need kidney dialysis and to develop venous thromboembolism.
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