Am I more at risk of COVID-19 if I am overweight or obese?


Current evidence does not suggest that having excess weight increases people’s chances of contracting COVID-19. However, a recent report from Public Health England confirms that you would be at more serious risk of severe illness or even death if you did contract COVID-19 and were excessively overweight or obese.

Being severely overweight puts people at greater risk of hospitalisation, being admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and death from COVID-19, with that risk rising as body mass index (BMI) increases. People are therefore being encouraged to move towards and maintain a healthier weight. You can read more here.

You can calculate your own BMI here.

Category: COVID-19