CDC study finds about 78% of people hospitalized for COVID were overweight or obese—CNBC, March 8, 2021
An overwhelming majority (78%) of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from COVID-19 in the US have been overweight or obese, the CDC just reported. Just over 42% of the US population are considered obese, according to the agency’s most recent statistics. It doesn’t take a lot of extra pounds to be considered overweight/obese. A 5-foot-10-inch man at 175 pounds and a 5-foot-4-inch woman at 146 pounds would both be considered overweight.
12 tech trends to watch closely in 2021—CB Insights, March 2021
It’s not surprising that this in-depth report on the top tech trends of 2021 has a strong focus on health and wellness. A few trends analyzed: 1) The continued convergence of health and self-care will unbundle the spa and bring it into homes, shops and beyond; 2) Technology will help usher psychedelic medicines into the mainstream; 3) Simulating empathy: Businesses will prioritize building AI technologies that can respond to human emotions as they look to connect with consumers; and 4) A new era of hospital-at-home care.
How your sense of smell predicts your overall health—BBC Future, March 4, 2021
The effect that disease can have on our sense of smell has been put in the spotlight by COVID-19, but what we can learn about our health from this long-overlooked sense deserves more appreciation. Anosmia, or smell loss, could be used as a predictive diagnostic tool because it is a common symptom of many neurodegenerative diseases and some mental conditions as well.
A Striking Stat
71,000 new health, wellness and fitness apps launched in 2020.
Source: App Annie, State of Mobile 2021 report