Obesity Covid and overall health risks, JFK warnings and action 60 years ago, President’s Council on Physical Fitness, CDC: “obesity.. increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19”
“Having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness from COVID-19.”…CDC
“Severe obesity puts those with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) at particularly high risk of death, more so than related risk factors such as diabetes or hypertension”… Kaiser Permanente study
“This is a wake up call. About 42% of adults in the U.S. are considered obese. This puts people at a highrer risk for Covid-19 complications and other health issues.”…Citizen Wells
JFK, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, began warning the American public about the dangers of obesity and lack of physical fitness 60 years ago.
From Sports Illustrated December 26, 1960.
“The Soft American
By President-elect John F. Kennedy”
“The findings showed that despite our unparalleled standard of living, despite our good food and our many playgrounds, despite our emphasis on school athletics, American youth lagged far behind Europeans in physical fitness. Six tests for muscular strength and flexibility were given; 57.9% of the American children failed one or more of these tests, while only 8.7% of the European youngsters failed.”
“But the harsh fact of the matter is that there is also an increasingly large number of young Americans who are neglecting their bodies—whose physical fitness is not what it should be—who are getting soft. And such softness on the part of individual citizens can help to strip and destroy the vitality of a nation.
For the physical vigor of our citizens is one of America’s most precious resources. If we waste and neglect this resource, if we allow it to dwindle and grow soft then we will destroy much of our ability to meet the great and vital challenges which confront our people. We will be unable to realize our full potential as a nation.”
From the JFK Library.
“After World War II, many Americans worried that US citizens, especially the young, were growing overweight and out of shape.”
“Only a month after the inauguration, the new administration convened a conference on physical fitness, reorganized the President’s Council on Youth Fitness, and chose a new director, Charles “Bud” Wilkinson, a highly successful University of Oklahoma football coach. True to Kennedy’s style, the new executive for the council was named a special consultant to the president. The president’s council unquestionably became President Kennedy’s council.”
“Although the council did not have the authority to impose a national program, it developed and promoted a curriculum to improve fitness. The council’s fitness curriculum was devised with the cooperation of nineteen major US educational and medical organizations. Two hundred thousand copies were distributed at no cost and another 40,000 were sold. The council engaged in a sweeping drive to achieve widespread participation in the program for the 1961–1962 school year. A core group of almost a quarter of a million schoolchildren took part in pilot projects in six states. At the end of the year, half again as many students passed a physical fitness test as had a year earlier. Furthermore, there was a general improvement of physical education programs around the country.”
From the CDC.
“Overweight and obesity
Overweight (defined as a body mass index (BMI) > 25 kg/m2 but < 30 kg/m2), obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2 but < 40 kg/m2), or severe obesity (BMI of ≥40 kg/m2), can make you more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. The risk of severe COVID-19 illness increases sharply with elevated BMI.”
From the GCS Guilford County Schools Fall 2020 Staff Handbook.
“Persons at Higher Risk
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), persons at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people 65 years and older, people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney disease requiring dialysis, people with liver disease and people with compromised immune systems. ”
Why did GCS leave out Obesity???