LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Amid the progress of COVID-19 in Kentucky will come a different alarming statistic: Adult weight problems continues to enhance in the Bluegrass Condition and across the country.

That is particularly lousy during the pandemic for the reason that being overweight is linked to a larger rate of hospitalizations and more critical outcomes for those contaminated by the coronavirus, in accordance to the U.S. Centers for Sickness Handle and Avoidance.

In the CDC’s phrases, “Being overweight worsens outcomes from COVID-19, increasing the possibility of extreme sickness, hospitalization and loss of life.”

Kentucky is now amongst 12 states with 35% or additional of older people who are obese, in accordance to the CDC announcement very last week. The rate of being overweight is 36.5% according to the federal agency, making use of 2019 information, the most up-to-date available.

In 2018, nine states experienced prices of obesity higher than 35%, which was an boost from 6 states in 2017.