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Letters Obesity and covid-19

Obesity is a potential risk factor for covid-19 associated morbidity and mortality in urban Bangladesh

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 14 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2811
  1. Syed Imran Ahmed, research investigator,
  2. S M Tafsir Hasan, research investigator,
  3. Tahmeed Ahmed, senior director
  1. Nutrition and Clinical Services Division, icddr,b, 68, Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
  1. syed.ahmed{at}

Tan and colleagues investigate the link between obesity and covid-19.1

Rates of overweight and obesity—a pre-eminent public health problem of the modern world—are growing in Bangladesh,2 and are probably an underlying factor in the high rate of covid-19 associated morbidity and mortality in the country. By 19 June, 90 619 covid-19 cases have been identified,3 mostly concentrated in urban areas.4 …

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