Obesity epidemic preceded Covid-19 pandemic and contributes to complications and death, 42 percent of US adults obese, 27 % increased risk factor, 40+ BMI doubles risk

Obesity epidemic preceded Covid-19 pandemic and contributes to complications and death, 42 percent of US adults obese, 27 % increased risk factor, 40+ BMI doubles risk

“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC

“Long before Covid-19 happened, we already had an epidemic in the US. Obesity.”...Citizen Wells

“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″


In the US it is always someone else’s fault.

If you are arrested by the police for breaking the law it is the police fault.

If you get Covid-19 it is Trump’s fault.

However, long before Covid-19 happened, we already had an epidemic in the US.


The elephant in the room.

Nobody wants to talk about it including the fake news media.

Recently I learned of the death from Covid-19 of a young woman in her mid twenties. The mother stated that her daughter had no pre existing conditions.

The photo of the young woman appeared to reveal that she was overweight.

This is a wake up call.

From Houston Methodist.

“Anyone can get infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. But, as we continue to learn more about this new disease, it’s becoming increasingly clear that some people are more vulnerable to severe illness than others — including those who are very overweight.

“People may not realize this, but obesity in and of itself is a risk factor for being hospitalized or placed in the ICU as a result of COVID-19,” says Dr. Kyle Stephens, weight loss surgeon at Houston Methodist. “And this is particularly concerning since we also know that about 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese.”

Given that this new virus is going to be among us for some time, here are three things Dr. Stephens wants everyone to know about obesity and COVID-19.

A person’s weight alone can increase his or her risk

By now, you’ve likely heard that older adults and people with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are more vulnerable to developing a severe case of COVID-19.

But, even if you feel healthy, just being heavily overweight can increase your risk of severe illness as well.

“In fact, obesity is the number one risk factor for developing a severe case of COVID-19 in people under the age of 55,” warns Dr. Stephens. “People don’t always see obesity as abnormal, since it’s quite prevalent, but it’s important to know if your weight is putting you at risk for COVID-19, as well as other health conditions.”

A person is considered obese if he or she has more body fat than what’s considered healthy for his or her height. A quick measurement called body mass index (BMI) is used as a screening tool for obesity.

“Having a BMI of 30 or higher increases a person’s risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19 by 27%,” Dr. Stephens says. “And a BMI of 40 or higher doubles a person’s risk.”

A severe case can be much harder to recover from

It’s still unclear why obesity puts a person at higher risk, but there are some theories.

“One thought is that the infection may exacerbate the breathing difficulties that overweight people often experience, even if they don’t know it. Another theory is that obesity may increase the chance of a person experiencing “cytokine storm” — a life-threatening immune-related complication of COVID-19. Lastly, having more fat may help the virus stick around longer due to molecular properties of both fat cells and this particular virus,” explain Dr. Stephens.

Whatever the reason for a person’s increased risk, it’s important to keep in mind that the sicker you get, the longer it will take you to recover.

“Aside from the immediate risk to your life, a severe illness likely also means a longer recovery, and may even result in longterm damage to your lungs,” explains Dr. Stephens. “If your illness becomes so severe that you end up in an ICU and/or on a ventilator, your recovery could possibly take months.””

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13 responses to “Obesity epidemic preceded Covid-19 pandemic and contributes to complications and death, 42 percent of US adults obese, 27 % increased risk factor, 40+ BMI doubles risk

  1. “It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  2. CW……..
    ……….the obesity information is quite accurate……it jibes with everything I have read, and witnessed. Unfortunately we are now seeing a substantial increase in the number of young people who are either outright overweight or are beginning to add weight. There was a time in the not too distant past where we didn’t see much obesity in people until they were in their upper 40s, or well into their 50s. With the invention of PIZZA, FRENCH FRIES, CAKE, AND PIE etc etc combined with sitting for hours and watching TV the weight seems to compound itself EXPONENTIALLY…….ALMOST OVERNIGHT !!!!!

  3. Levels of obesity sad.
    They need a wake up call.
    Jeopardizing their lives & others.

  4. FURTHER……..
    ……….massive obesity has a dangerous heart component as well.

  5. AND,
    ……….we all know that when you are having fun damn few people even take time to realize the danger they might be putting themselves in. JUST HAVIN TOO MUCH FUN TO WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING LIKE A LITTLE EXTRA WEIGHT. WE’LL DIET LATER. HAR HAR. SUDDENLY BOOM AND AN OVERWEIGHT PERSON HAS HAD A MASSIVE REART ATTACK. HE/SHE NOW NEEDS A CASKET. WHAT CAN I SAY!!!!!

  6. What can we expect when everything is no longer manual…but done with a remote and a button. Alexa….adjust the thermostat…blah…blah!!
    I am one that gains in winters and loses in summer—because I don’t leave the house for months -I don’t like the cold.
    BUT, when spring is here, I am always busy and lose the weight…age doesn’t help women maintain their proper weight.
    I’m talking 10 lbs…..not 100!!!!

  7. FINALLY……..
    …………Senate Majority whip James Clyburn’s head has exploded. He was talking to a collegue when he began to rave, and said Trump IS MUSSOLINI, along with a hyper barrage of incoherent babble. Apparently he has suffered a mental breakdown. His DEMOCRATIC friends have blamed Trump.

    ………..many more DEMOCRATS will join Mr.Clyburn at the same mental institution…..and together they can all sing ” THIS IS THE WAY WE SOW OUR SEEDS” as they skip around the room in circles in a children’s mime of sowing seeds. A whole roomful of crazed DEMOCRATS. I pray that Chucky Baby is at the head of the line along with the already CRAZED Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. IMPORTANT. It would be a REAL LOAD OF BOOBS at the BOOBY HATCH.

  9. AND NOW……
    ………..the psychological effects of the Covid upon low IQ people is just beginning to emerge. I have a gut feeling that possibly thousands of Americans will eventually suffer varying degrees of mental problems at increasing rates. The psychological forces generated by the compounded stresses that Americans will be facing is almost incalculable. Those who have experienced adversity in the past will more than likely fare much better than those who have never experienced it in their lives. As each day passes we see subtle things which usually don’t get our attention, but now we are seeing these seemingly insignificant incidents (erratic behavior) with greater frequency. I fully expect the behavior of many folks to become more erratic as the consequences of the Covid 19 weighs heavier, and heavier upon Americans. I believe that America is now in a war to which there is NO END……We are in a battle the likes of which, only God knows……….and every person in America had better ask for God’s forgiveness SOON. It is possible that the population of America could end up as only a handful of survivors. This would be catastrophic, perhaps even beyond catastrophic. This tells the magnitude of what has befallen the WORLD. World population could easily be cut in half, maybe even reduced to a quarter of what it is today. GOD IS PUTTING A SIGNIFICANT HURT ON MANKIND. AS I LOOK AROUND ME WHAT I SEE TELLS ME THAT GOD MAY BE JUSTIFIED. THIS TIME IT WILL BE MUCH, MUCH MORE THAN JUST SODOM AND GOMORRA. AS PEOPLE RUN FOR THE MOUNTAINS THEY WILL BE STRUCK DOWN WHETHER THEY LOOK BACK OR NOT. JUST MY THOUGHTS !!!!

  10. AND…….

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