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Weight of Covid-19 evidence adds to obesity burden for South Africans

Rising obesity could create an extra burden on health-care system and exacerbate pandemic, say experts

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For years, doctors have advised Tamara Klaas to lose weight for the sake of her health. In the past two years she has been hospitalised five times with uncontrolled high blood pressure and kidney problems.

Now the Cape Town mother has learnt she faces a new threat: obesity is emerging as a significant factor associated with dying from Covid-19.

As body mass increases, so does the risk of a severe case of the virus, according to research at Scotland’s Glasgow University. A study of 17,000 Covid-19 hospital admissions by the UK’s University of Liverpool reported death rates were 37% higher among obese patients. And a Johns Hopkins University study in the US found younger patients admitted to hospital were more likely to be obese...

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