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Covid Deaths Surge Where Obesity Rates Are High, Report Shows

Pedestrians shop in the U.K.

Pedestrians shop in the U.K.

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Countries where more than half of adults are overweight have recorded Covid-19 mortality rates in excess of 10 times those in other nations, according to a report by the World Obesity Federation.

Of the 2.5 million pandemic deaths reported by the end of February, 2.2 million were in countries above the 50% threshold, the study showed, suggesting obese people should be included in priority groups for testing and vaccinations.