COVID-19 & OBESITY: THE MORE YOU WEIGH, THE WORSE OFF YOU ARE


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Since the COVID War began last year, the Trends Journal reported the facts of who was dying from the virus, why, and where.
Again, it is mostly the elderly, those over 65 years of age, and people suffering from pre-existing chronic conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. 
Now, a year later, Bloomberg News reported on 4 March,
“Countries, where more than half of adults are overweight, have recorded COVID-19 mortality rates in excess of 10 times those in other nations, according to a report by the World Obesity Federation.”
The alarming fact is that across the globe, obesity has nearly tripled over the last 40 years, and the trend continues to grow. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has called obesity “a global pandemic.”  
The report issued last Thursday by the World Obesity Federation stated that if every country had lowered its percentage of obese citizens to under 50 percent of the total population, hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented.
The U.S. (which still leads all modern, industrialized countries in obesity rates) and the U.K., France, and Brazil, which also suffer high rates, are among the countries with the highest death rates from COVID-19. 
Forbes magazine, analyzing the data from the recent report, cited these key takeaways:

  • “2.2 million of the pandemic’s 2.5 million global deaths were in countries with high levels of obesity. 
  • The report found death rates were 10x higher in countries where more than 50% of the population is overweight, pointing to the U.K. and the U.S. as examples. 
  • The U.K. has the third-highest death rate in the world (184 deaths per 100,000 population) and the fourth-highest obesity rate with 63.7% of adults classifying as overweight, closely followed by the U.S., which has 152.49 deaths per 100,000 and 67.9% of the population living with obesity.” 

TRENDPOST: Yesterday, the CDC reported the vast majority of Americans who contracted the virus and were hospitalized, put on a ventilator, or died from COVID-19 were either obese or overweight. Their report stated that between March to December 2020, 27.8 percent of these victims were overweight and 50.2 percent were obese.
Thus, with some 70 percent of Americans overweight, of which 42 percent are obese, the U.S. is #1 in COVID deaths. 
See some of our past articles on the link between obesity and COVID: 
JUNK FOOD VS. COVID-19: THE WINNER IS?
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
COVID VICTIMS: THE BIGGER THEY ARE, THE HARDER THEY FALL

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