CDC adds overweight to Covid-19 risk factors, “over 71% of Americans aged 20 and older are considered overweight or obese.”, Public schools taking action?
“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC
“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension”… Kaiser Permanente study
“over 71% of Americans aged 20 and older are considered overweight or obese.”…CDC
From Fox News October 9, 2020.
“Being overweight now potential coronavirus risk factor, CDC says
Over 71% of Americans aged 20 and older are considered overweight or obese
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its coronavirus risk warning to include people who are considered overweight, meaning over 70% of U.S. adults may be at an increased risk for severe illness related to COVID-19.
According to CDC statistics, over 71% of Americans aged 20 and older are considered overweight or obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index of between 30 and 40, with severe obesity being diagnosed when BMI is 40 or above. Being overweight, however, is classified as having a BMI greater than 25 but less than 30. The health agency now says that if you fall into that category, it “might increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.””
Are the public schools paying attention and taking action?
Citizen Wells reported the following:
“The Guilford County NC (Greensboro) school system, one of the largest in the nation, produced a handbook for their staff.
Fall 2020 Staff Handbook.
“Persons at Higher Risk
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), persons at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people 65 years and older, people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease requiring dialysis, people with liver disease and people with compromised immune systems. ”
WHY DID THEY LEAVE OUT OBESITY?”