(Leslie Eastman, Legal Insurrection) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that about 78% of people who have been hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from Covid-19 have been overweight or obese.
Other studies confirmed this trend, as an extract from that detailed post highlights.
The case-fatality rate was 9.2%, and 21% of hospitalized patients died. Obesity alone almost tripled the risk of death (aHR, 2.7), while obesity combined with other underlying illnesses increased the risk of death and other severe outcomes even further (diabetes HR, 2.79; immunosuppression HR, 5.06; high blood pressure HR, 2.30).
Therefore, the most effective single action our press and social media could take to decrease the severity of the pandemic would be to campaign for Americans to eat wisely and exercise…preferably outdoors.
However, what do the Big Tech, social media “fact-checkers” do? They smear a CEO of a business that sells salads for speaking the truth about COVID-19 science.
Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO Jonathan Neman wrote a LinkedIn post Tuesday connecting obesity to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, saying “no vaccine nor mask will save us” and proposing taxes on processed food and refined sugar.
The post was deleted Wednesday, several hours after Vice published a story about it. Even before Vice’s article, commenters on Neman’s original post were calling his argument “fat-phobic.”
Sweetgreen confidentially filed for an initial public offering in June, making this an inopportune time for controversy surrounding the company. Consumer backlash could hurt both its reputation and sales, turning off investors.
Celebrating fat in the era of COVID-19 is the equivalent of celebrating rat infestation in the era of the Black Death.
The most recent, and most egregious example, is Old Navy’s “Bode Equality” promotion.
Not all bodies are created equal. But individuals can make good choices that can increase their chances of battling COVID-19 successfully.