Chronic Illness Prevention


Obesity and COVID-19

Overweight, Obesity and Severe Obesity

According to the CDC the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 increases as your BMI exceeds the recommended >25 which is considered overweight.

Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) between 30 kg/m2 and <40 kg/m2 or severe obesity (BMI of 40 kg/m2 or above), increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Overweight, defined as a BMI > 25 kg/m2 but less than 30 kg/m2 might increase your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.


Limiting exposure, taking all precautions of social distancing, hygiene, mask wearing, and managing the lifestyle behaviors for weight control will help to minimize the risk of severe COVID-19 illness.

Take your prescription medicines exactly as prescribed by your physician. Manage your health by following your healthcare provider’s recommendations for your nutrition and exercise plan. Call your HealthCare provider if you feel ill.