COVID’s elephant in the room: The obesity epidemic

COVID’s elephant in the room: The obesity epidemic By Monica Showalter for American Thinker

How’s this for a phony controversy?

According to Tristan Justice at The Federalist:

Sweetgreen CEO Jonathan Neman caught controversy this week after a viral since-deleted LinkedIn post linked the severity of the coronavirus pandemic with high levels of obesity.

“[Seventy-eight percent] of hospitalizations due to COVID are Obese and Overweight people,” Neman wrote Tuesday citing March data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? Is there another way to think about how we tackle ‘healthcare’ by addressing the root cause?”

Neman went on to highlight COVID-19 as an endemic virus “here to stay for the foreseeable future.”

“We cannot run away from it and no vaccine nor mask will save us (in full disclosure I am vaccinated and support others to get vaccinated),” Neman added. “Our best bet is to learn how to best live with it and focus on overall health vs preventing infection.”

Why the heck is this controversial? The man was scored on his social media account and took the post down. Somehow, he’s a bad guy.

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It’s a fact that obesity raises one’s odds of finding oneself in the hospital with COVID, in striking contrast to those who are not obese. That’s not obesity’s only risk, either. Obesity is now considered by cancer researchers to be just as bad as smoking in elevating risks of developing cancer. Meanwhile, pretty much everyone knows that obesity is linked to a very significant risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attacks and stroke. The RAND Institute found in a study that obesity is the biggest factor in chronic health conditions — worse than smoking, worse than drinking, worse than poverty — and “should be an urgent public health priority.” Obesity is simply not good for you.

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