Renowned plant-based medic Dr. Greger has warned that obesity can increase the risk of a 'servere course of Covid-19'.
Greger made the comments in a recent video for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) titled Surviving a Pandemic.
'Prevented and stopped'
"One of the reasons why the United States now has the highest number of deaths compared to any other country in the world is because of these pre-existing conditions," Greger states.
"Let think about them - obesity, T2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension - every single one of them can not just be prevented and stopped, arrested in their tracks, but reversed with a healthy enough plant-based diet.
"And so the fact that for example, obesity is increasing the risk of a severe course of Covid-19 by six-seven times and that's for a BMI over 28 - that's not even obese, that's just overweight."
'Significantly higher risk'
Greger also states the average BMI in the US is 29, adding: "Most Americans, more than half, have so much excess body fat, are so overweight, they themselves are at significantly higher risk not to mention all of the other risk factors.
"That's why it's critical we need to eat a healthy diet not just to prevent chronic disease but also to better face the other leading killers on the list, including infectious diseases."
You can watch the full video here