Obesity In Arizona Could Make Coronavirus Illnesses Worse: CDC

ARIZONA — Obesity not only increases the risk of a severe coronavirus illness, it may triple the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19, the CDC said. As the BMI increases, so do COVID-19 risks.

In Arizona, 31.4 percent of adults reported they were obese in 2019, according to the new report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our state is not among 12 states where at least 35 percent of adults say they’re obese. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In 2018, nine states reported obesity rates above 35 percent.

The 2019 CDC obesity report, based on self-reporting, showed that all states had obesity rates of 20 percent or higher among adults. The lowest obesity prevalence rates were in Colorado and the District of Columbia.

Geographically, the most obese states are located in the

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