A report from the National Institutes of Health said that people with one or more of four common underlying health issues accounted for 64% of patients who were hospitalized with coronavirus.
People with obesity, diabetes, hypertension or heart failure were filling up hospital beds, Fox News 5 reported.
In a study of 900,000 coronavirus hospitalizations, 30% of patients were obese, 26% had hypertension, 21% had diabetes, and 12% had heart failure.
“Medical providers should educate patients who may be at risk for severe COVID-19 and consider promoting preventive lifestyle measures, such as improved dietary quality and physical activity, to improve overall cardiometabolic health,” said Meghan O’Hearn, a researcher at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
The CDC estimates at least 60% of Americans suffer from at least one serious and persistent health condition. As of 2018, at least 42.4% of American adults are overweight enough to qualify as obese.