Obesity is Linked with Superspreading Virus to Close Contacts, New Study Finds

by Mike Mutzel


A new study finds obese individuals are nearly 11 times more likely to spread SARS-Cov-2 to close contact compared to lean counterparts. Weight loss and metabolic health are inextricably related to public health and we should be encouraging physical fitness and whole food nutrition if we're serious about saving lives.



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Link to the study mentioned:


de la Rosa-Zamboni, D., Ortega-Riosvelasco, F., González-García, N. et al. Correlation between body mass index and COVID-19 transmission risk. Int J Obes (2022).

Time Stamps:

00:00 Obese people are almost 11 times more likely to spread the virus that causes COVID19 than their thin counterparts.

00:15 The majority of people who become seriously ill from pathogens are overweight or obese.

03:05 The probability of high spreading increases with increasing body mass index.

04:18 Immune systems of metabolically healthy people are more robust, so the viral load is lower.

06:45 Overweight individuals carry more virus.

07:10 Show that you care by losing fat and becoming healthier.

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