“Evolution has equipped people for a world very different from the one they now inhabit. They are obese because their appetites are adapted to scarcity, not superabundance.” (The Economist, Apr 13th 2019)
UPDATE (9/23/020): CDC dumbly and unscientifically classifies obesity as a disease. Why not? Some psychiatrists consider not paying alimony a disease, so why not overeating?
What is true is that “obesity remains high across the USA.” CDC says ” twelve states now have an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent,” but that seems too low. Everything on the CDC’s site is written is such vague, incoherent fashion.
What is true is that obesity is a comorbidity when it comes to COVID-19.
Obesity Worsens Outcomes from COVID-19
Adults with obesity are at even greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Having obesity increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Having obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.
- Obesity is linked to impaired immune function.2,3
- Obesity decreases lung capacity and reserve and can make ventilation more difficult.4
- As BMI increases, the risk of death from COVID-19 increases.