A major new study has found that obesity is the leading “chronic” condition that has led to hospitalizations for the Wuhan Corona-virus (COVID-19) in New York City.
While age is still the largest determining factor, obesity is the biggest co-morbidity, scientists at New York University have discovered.
The chronic condition with the strongest association with critical illness was obesity, with a substantially higher odds ratio than any cardiovascular or pulmonary disease.
“America the Fat” is not meant to be an insulting slogan, but rather a recognition of a societal reality.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data, the “prevalence of obesity was 42.4 %” in our population in 2017-2018, increasing from 30.5 percent in the years 1999-2000.
A National Epidemic has now fallen prey to a Global Pandemic
They were motivated by their desire to understand “which patients are most at risk for hospitalization,” which they note is, of course, “crucial for many reasons,” such as how to triage COVID-19 patients and anticipate future medical requirements.
Science says those components have little to do with the fact that obesity plays a major factor in hospitalizations. They just have poorer eating habits.
In any event, a national epidemic has now fallen prey to a global pandemic, as the research shows. If this doesn’t spur people to start living healthier lives, no matter who they are, then nothing will.
News Target / ABC Flash Point 2020.