CDC: Adult Obesity, a Risk Factor for COVID, Is Increasing

People exercising near the reflecting pool on the National Mall. (File photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Adult obesity in this country increased in 2019, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a September 17 update.

“Having obesity puts people at risk for many other serious chronic diseases and increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19,” the update noted.

CDC examined adult obesity prevalence in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories, based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an on-going, state-based, telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments.

The 2019 map shows that all states and territories had more than 20 percent of adults with obesity.

As the map below shows:

— In 12 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia) 35 percent or more adults

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