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Obesity boosts risks in COVID-19 from diagnosis to death

Key clinical point: Patients with obesity are more likely to die from COVID-19.

Major finding: The odds of death from COVID-19 are 48% higher in patients with obesity.

Study details: Analysis of 35 studies of links between obesity and mortality in COVID-19.

Disclosures: The review was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Carolina Population Center, World Bank, and Saudi Health Council. The review authors report no relevant disclosures.


Popkin BM et al. Obes Rev. 2020 Aug 26. doi: 10.1111/obr.13128.