CDC rules that being overweight and not just obese makes you more susceptible ...

Two thirds of Americans are now considered at elevated risk of COVID-19 as CDC rules that being overweight and not just obese makes you more susceptible The CDC now believes being overweight - having a BMI of 25-30 - is risky People who are overweight are at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 It was previously known that being obese led to an elevated risk Forty per cent of American adults are obese and 32 per cent are overweight Donald , infected last week, is obese with a BMI of 30.5 

By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

Published: 07:21 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 14:52 BST, 9 October 2020

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People who are overweight, and not just obese, are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now concluded - meaning that over two thirds of Americans are of concern.

The new warning was posted on the agency's website on Tuesday.

It had previously been known that obese people - around 40 per cent of American adults - were at greater risk from the virus.

Now, the CDC believes that even overweight people - about 32 per cent of adults - are also more susceptible to coronavirus.  

'Revisions were made on October 6, 2020 to reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19 among adults with COVID-19 who have obesity, who have overweight, or who smoke or have a history of smoking,' the CDC said, summarizing

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