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COVID Obesity: A One-Year Narrative Review

Food & Health Lab, Institute of Materials Science, University of Valencia, Paterna, 46980 Valencia, Spain
Joint Research Unit on Endocrinology, Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics, University of Valencia-Health Research Institute La Fe, 46026 Valencia, Spain
Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe, 46026 Valencia, Spain
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Academic Editor: Stephen Anton
Nutrients 2021, 13(6), 2060;
Received: 14 May 2021 / Revised: 5 June 2021 / Accepted: 13 June 2021 / Published: 16 June 2021
On 11 March 2020, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). This study focuses on a narrative review about the illness during the first year of the pandemic in relation to obesity. Databases were used to search studies published up to 8 December 2020. In total, 4430 articles and other scientific literature were found, and 24 articles were included in this one-year narrative review. The mean BMI value of severe COVID-19 patients ranged from 24.5 to 33.4 kg/m2, versus <18.5 to 24.3 kg/m2 for non-severe patients. Articles using the terms obesity or overweight without indicating the BMI value in these patients were common, but this is not useful, as the anthropometric parameters, when not defined by this index, are confusing due to the classification being different in the West compared to among Asian and Korean criteria-based adults. We proposed a new term, called COVID obesity, to define the importance of this anthropometric parameter, among others, in relation with this pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; BMI; obesity; overweight; nutrition; COVID obesity COVID-19; BMI; obesity; overweight; nutrition; COVID obesity
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Ovalle, D.L.P.; Rodrigo-Cano, S.; González, A.; Soler, C.; Catalá-Gregori, A.I.; Merino-Torres, J.F.; Soriano, J.M. COVID Obesity: A One-Year Narrative Review. Nutrients 2021, 13, 2060.

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Ovalle DLP, Rodrigo-Cano S, González A, Soler C, Catalá-Gregori AI, Merino-Torres JF, Soriano JM. COVID Obesity: A One-Year Narrative Review. Nutrients. 2021; 13(6):2060.

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Ovalle, Diana L.P., Susana Rodrigo-Cano, Aránzazu González, Carla Soler, Ana I. Catalá-Gregori, J. F. Merino-Torres, and Jose M. Soriano 2021. "COVID Obesity: A One-Year Narrative Review" Nutrients 13, no. 6: 2060.

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