I had suspected for some time now, there would be some correlation to obesity as a factor for comorbidity with the COVID19 virus. This theory was based on purely anecdotal observations at first.
I figured it wouldn’t be long before the connection was made. As more and more news kept coming in, I noticed it would only be a matter of time before it would be confirmed.
I used to own a medical practice where we were the primary care providers for a few hundred HIV patients. Even then with all the advancements made with the virus, concerns were already resonating about diabetes, specifically Type II which is a byproduct of an unhealthy diet, moreover lifestyle.
On April 2, the CDC updated its page to include a warning, that places severe obesity at “risk for severe illness.” In the past two days, more and more information has trickled in, which in my opinion confirms my theory on the correlation to obesity.
What is more, this has the potential of having a profound effect on the nation. According to the CDC, there are a couple of demographics whose population has an obesity rate well over a 40% with some over 50%
The facts on obesity
- The prevalence of obesity was 42.4% in 2017~2018 –
- From 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%, and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. (fig 1)
Consequently, with data coming in from China, Italy, Washington State and now New York. It is becoming clear that the virus also seems to be infecting the heart muscle. (See Mysterious Heart Damage, Not Just Lung Troubles, Befalling COVID-19 Patients)
Moreover, an analysis of New York’s coronavirus’ 4700 deaths, illustrates an astonishing 86% of all deaths had preexisting conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.
Similarly, hypertension is the number one leading underlying condition, with 55% and diabetes coming in second with 37% of the cases.
And that’s not all. As you might imagine, it gets worse because the other “top illnesses,” can also be correlated to obesity and an unhealthy diet.
There are several reasons why this is troubling but the map below really highlights how catastrophic this virus can be on our nation. Especially when considering that according to the CDC “all states and territories had more than 20% of adults with obesity. “
With states in the south and midwest having the highest prevalence of obesity, there is no way the current system in place will be able to sustain the constant deluge of patients if this is not contained with a national stay home order.
I would urge every American to take this seriously and digest the long-lasting implications of this virus, and the dereliction to live a healthy lifestyle comprised of a healthy diet.