Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Obesity , Overweight and Non Communicable Diseases As Risk Factors for Worse Outcomes In the Covid Infected

 Think Terrain Theory-

 Germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the cause of diseased tissue.” - Antoine Béchamp

 Oddly enough, I'd run across a news report covering the topic of obesity and Covid deaths at the Mirror- but when you click the link to read it...... It's GONE. 

I am noting that the msm self censors itself to the benefit of the agenda.

UK’s huge Covid-19 death toll linked to its high obesity rates, new study finds

In other news, a landmark global study has found the UK’s huge Covid-19 death toll is linked to its high obesity rates.

The World Obesity Federation findings show that countries with the most pandemic deaths have corresponding high obesity rates.

The World Health Organisation says the findings must be “a wake up call to governments” to tackle obesity which researchers blame for hundreds of thousands of extra deaths.

Click here to read more.

I went to the original source, of course: 

World Obesity.org

The WHO has highlighted NCDs (non communicable diseases) as a risk factor for becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 [1]. Today, the emerging evidence based on experience from other viral infections and new studies suggest that overweight and obesity seem to be risk factors for worse outcomes in those who are infected by COVID-19. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses overwhelmingly show that obesity is associated both with a higher risk for intensive care unit (ICU) admission and poorer outcomes for COVID-19 [2-4]. In the UK, a report flags that out of 10,465 patients critically ill with confirmed COVID-19, 73.7% were living with overweight or obesity [5]. Meanwhile, a report from Italy suggests 99% of deaths have been in patients with pre-existing conditions, including those which are commonly seen in people with obesity such as hypertension, cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. [6] Overweight and obesity also seem to be risk factors for worse outcomes in younger populations (<60 years old), with patients with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 34 being twice as likely to be admitted to ICU compared to individuals with a BMI under 30 [7].
Lockdowns, of course, exacerbating this already huge problem- For all the lock down pushers. 

Long term readers are well aware that lockdowns were never advocated here due to the enormous and obvious harms that would be the inevitable result.

COVID-19 & Obesity

A number of these also represent underlying root causes of obesity and thus risk exacerbating the risk of obesity. The first phase of the pandemic showed: 

  • Strained food systems and supply chains due to concerns of food shortages, as well as an increased reliance on processed, long-life foods and a reduction in fresh fruit and vegetables and unprocessed meat. 
  • Changes in eating behaviours due to lockdowns, especially for children. A survey conducted in Verona, Italy revealed that 44.5% of respondents increased consumption of sweets, and 44% of respondents mentioned weight gain due to higher calorie intake related and lower levels of physical activity [9]. The survey revealed a significant increase in the consumption of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and an increase in sedentary behaviours, with children spending an additional five hours per day in front of a computer, phone or TV screen. 
  • Food insecurity amongst the most vulnerable who have reduced access to shops and may have reduced access to normal food assistance programmes e.g. due to school closures. Access to a healthy and sustainable diet is a direct consequence of the “conditions and environment in which one lives.” [10] Today, unhealthy diets are the leading underlying cause of death. Nutritional disparities are driven by socioeconomic, educational and environmental factors. Among all five New York’s boroughs, the Bronx – a borough with high rates of obesity due to poverty and food insecurity – reports the highest hospitalisations and death rates from COVID-19 (Figure 1).
COVID-19 & Obesity
  • Reduced opportunities for people to be physically active as movement is restricted. A study using data from a UK-wide online survey highlighted that out of 5,800 adults aged 20 and over, a quarter of them adopted lower intensity physical activity, and included a greater proportion of adults with underlying health conditions [11].
  • An impact on mental health, due the seriousness of the emerging situation and challenges faced from isolation, reduced physical activity, social engagement and employment changes.
  • Rise in the exposure to opportunistic marketing and distribution of unhealthy commodities and HFSS products. Evidence suggests that the marketing of HFSS products is directly linked to an increase in overweight and obesity in children. However, today 70% of countries still fail to have policies in place to restrict food marketing to children. Furthermore, a report in Brazil shed light on industries’ opportunistic behaviour on the basis of social and philanthropic responsibility [12]. This included the distribution of products such as chocolate milk, cookies, processed meats and so on to health professionals and other essential workers.
  • Impacts on health systems and exacerbated challenges for treatment access for people living with obesity, including potential reductions in elective surgical procedures (e.g. bariatric surgery), and modifications to or curtailment of multidisciplinary team management, group weight loss programs and other forms of ambulatory care.

The lockdowns were intended to exacerbate this entire situation. They've gone on interminably and it's killing us.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Penny: Not that it probably matters, because you've done an amazing job here on the topic, but the Mirror has archived its articles referring to obesity.
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/search/?q=obesity+and+covid

    If the one you were looking for isn't there, then maybe they totally dumped it for fear of being accused of "fat shaming"?

    I've been examining my own attitudes lately because I've been noticing a LOT of dangerously overweight people on the streets and in government as well, and feeling repulsed by it. If humans react negatively to the sight of gross obesity it might be Mother Nature's way of reminding us to watch our own weight -- survival of the species, etc.

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  2. Obesity is not causal, it is another symptom of the underlaying problem. The mithochondrias are shot. From that everything else derives from obesity to cancer. What shoots them? Polyunsaturated fatty acid (seed oils) + a lot of carbs.

    People interested in the subject can consult https://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/ Peter Dobromylskyj's blog which has all the details worked out (be careful it's huge).

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    1. Thanks for this info gallier2

      "Obesity is not causal, it is another symptom of the underlaying problem. :

      I had not thought about this issue in those terms- I could lose a few pounds myself.

      Based on your recommend I'm going to add that link to the sidebar here so I can read the info available

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