Monday, September 20, 2021

Covid-19 is here to stay, while obesity and being overweight grows

A physician named R.M. Huffman writes,
A huge 42% of Americans are obese and that figure’s likely ballooned during lockdown. Yet medical chiefs are silent about this, our media laud the morbidly overweight, and you can get free donuts with your vaccines. Why?
This failure to address a major preventable factor in Covid mortality is a failure of public health policy and its leaders, and it's a failure that has cost lives.
At the beginning of Covid's spread, the obesity rate in the United States stood at 42.4%, up from 30.5% just twenty years ago. If the overweight category is included too, the number jumps to a shocking 73.6% of the US population. Just this August, JAMA reported that obesity in American children ages 5 to 11 had increased during the pandemic from 36.2% to 45.7%; disturbingly, data was only gathered through January 2021, so the number may be even higher now. When viewed in the light of obesity's proven association with Covid, the consequences of these figures become dire indeed.
From a physiological standpoint, it makes sense that the overweight and obese struggle with Covid and the havoc it wreaks on the lungs. Obesity impairs normal respiratory mechanics and is an underlying cause of serious chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease – all of which also correlate with poor outcomes in coronavirus patients.
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Oregon Muse has written a well-thought-out article on Covid-19 here:

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