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  • The majority of global COVID-19 deaths have been in countries where many people are obese, a worldwide study found on Thursday, with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of adults are overweight.

  • The report, which described a dramatic correlation between countries COVID-19 death and obesity rates, found that 90% or 2.2 million of the 2.5 million deaths from the pandemic so far were in countries with high levels of obesity.

  • Olivia Barata Cavalcanti is a doctor and director of science and programs at the World Obesity Federation. "So, this is not exactly surprising.

  • The surprising part is that governments haven't really act on obesity until now.

  • So now we have this perfect storm of obesity pandemic and COVID-19 pandemic."

  • The study analyzed the COVID-19 death figures from Johns Hopkins University in the United States and the World Health Organization's Global Health Observatory data on obesity.

  • Strikingly, the authors said, there is no example of a country where people are generally not overweight or obese, having high COVID-19 death rates.

  • The report found that in the US and Britain, for example, both COVID-19 death rates and obesity levels were among the highest.

  • John Wilding is a professor of medicine at Britain's University of Liverpool and president of the World Obesity Federation.

  • "I think it's really important that countries around the world work together, to put into place systematic approaches to both prevent and treat obesity.

  • This means making changes to food systems, transport systems and providing good health care options for people living with obesity, so that they can access effective interventions."

  • Wilding says obesity should be recognized as a key COVID-19 health risk and taken into account in vaccination plans.

The majority of global COVID-19 deaths have been in countries where many people are obese, a worldwide study found on Thursday, with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of adults are overweight.

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