61.4% of adolescents hospitalized for COVID were Obese, Study finds. It has been revealed that individuals under the age of 18 were hospitalized in July and August, according to a new CDC research. The delta strain predominated in the United States during those months in 2021.
Only 915 instances of Covid hospitalization among adolescents were examined by the CDC. All of the cases were documented in southern American hospitals. According to the findings, 61.4% of patients between the ages of 12 and 17 were obese. In addition, “60.5% of whom had extreme obesity.”
In addition, 713 individuals were hospitalized with Covid and had no other infections. Approximately 68% of these instances had one or more underlying health issues. Besides obesity, these diseases include asthma or reactive airway disease and tube dependency.
Of all the children aged 12 to 17, 271 were eligible for the vaccination and one patient had received the whole course of treatment. According to the statistics, eleven people in this age range lost their lives.
More patients hospitalized with Covid who had an underlying ailment (34.7 percent) were admitted to the ICU than those who didn’t have an underlying illness (18.5 percent),” according to the CDC. Obese individuals spent more time in the hospital and were more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
However, “healthy adolescents who do not have underlying health conditions—especially obesity—are by and large safe from bad Covid health outcomes,” Reason cited in its review of the report by the CDC.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of people between the ages of 2 and 19 who were obese went from 19 percent to 22 percent during the pandemic. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Kaiser Permanente Southern California showed that young people acquired more weight during the pandemic than previously.
Before Covid, the expected yearly weight increase for very obese individuals was 8.8 pounds; by August 2020, that number rose to 14.6 pounds.
“To prevent excess weight gain during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as during future public health emergencies, efforts to encourage healthy habits should be strengthened, according to the research. Healthcare providers should screen patients for BMI, food insecurity and social determinants of health, increase access to evidence-based weight management programs and food assistance resources for children, and provide support to communities and schools for healthy eating, physical activity and chronic disease prevention.”
Obesity is the most common comorbidity risk for Covid, according to research by the Social Security Institute of the State of Mexico and Municipalities. According to available data, Covid has claimed the lives of an estimated 600 Americans under the age of eighteen.
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