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.””