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Nearly Half of Adults Hospitalized with Flu This Season Are Obese — Physician’s First Watch
Nearly Half of Adults Hospitalized with Flu This Season Are Obese
By the Editors
Some 47% of adults hospitalized with influenza since October have been obese — substantially higher than the 30%-35% rate seen in previous flu seasons — according to the CDC's weekly FluView report.
Overall, patients under age 4 years and those aged 65 or older were most likely to be admitted with flu, but adults aged 18 to 64 still accounted for 61% of hospitalizations. Nearly all hospitalized cases were attributed to the 2009 H1N1 strain, which continues to be the dominant strain this season.
Reader Comments (3)
I wonder if our percentage of healthy obese patients mirrors this? Scary thought.
What inference are we meant to draw from the increase in the proportion of patients hospitalized with flu? (We should, of course, draw NO inference from it: there are just too many variables involved.) But that's not the writers' intention, clearly. It's distressing to find that careless fat-shaming and blaming is embraced even in these pages, and by professionals.