By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com
Published: 07:21 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 14:52 BST, 9 October 2020
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