On Mar. 8, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study which found that 78 percent of the people in the United States who have been hospitalized, placed on a ventilator or died as a result of COVID-19 were either overweight or obese.1 2 3
Overweight or Obese People are Most at Risk for COVID-19
According to the CDC report, of the 148,494 adults who were diagnosed with COVID-19 during a visit to a hospital’s emergency department or an inpatient visit during March to December 2020, 71,491 were admitted to the hospital for care. Of those who were hospitalized, 27.8 percent were overweight and 50.2 percent were obese. The CDC defines overweight as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more and obesity as having a BMI of 30 or more.1 2 3 4
The latest data from the CDC estimates that, among American adults 20 years of age and over, 73.1 percent are overweight or obese, with 30.7 percent falling into the former category and 42.4 percent into the latter.5 6
Ryan Light, MD of the Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group in Virginia said:
It’s not surprising that people with obesity have more significant trouble with COVID. It’s a respiratory disease, and a lot of people who have morbid obesity have respiratory complication just because of the weight on the chest.7
“It’s not from carrying the weight. Their lungs are restricted so they’re not able to expand to get the oxygen they need,” noted Ethan Lazarus, MD, president-elect of the Obesity Medicine Association.8
Losing Weight: “A Key Piece of the Puzzle”
This revelation about the extreme susceptibility of overweight and obese Americans to COVID-19 is truly amazing. Bill Maher, host of the political TV talk show Real Time, referred to it as the “key piece of the puzzle… by far, the most pertinent factor.”9 What is more amazing, though, is how little the U.S. government, the media and the medical industry have focused on it.
Instead, the attention has almost entirely been focused on the number of people who have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus and listed as having died of COVID-19 or the various experimental biologics that are being administered or the CDC’s newest guidelines about masking and “social distancing” or the latest lockdown restrictions or the sizable segments of the population that are refusing to get vaccinated or the idea of requiring so-called “vaccine passports” in order to travel or engage in other routine activities.
“Imagine how many lives could’ve been saved if there had been some national campaign, ala Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, with the urgency of the pandemic behind it. If the media and the doctors had made a point to keep saying, ‘But there’s something you can do,'” Maher said. “But we’ll never know, because they never did, because the last thing you want to do is say something insensitive. We would literally rather die.”9
Instead, we were told to lock down. Unfortunately, the killer was already in the house. And her name is Little Debbie.9
For all you health nuts who are unfamiliar Little Debbie, let me enlighten you. Little Debbie is the brand name of a wide assortment of sugary snacks, including cakes, cookies, doughnuts, pies and pastries—best sellers such as Little Debbie nutty buddy bars, honey buns, Swiss rolls, mini muffins, cosmic brownies, glazed doughnut sticks, mini frosted doughnuts, pecan sweet rolls, oatmeal creme pies, fudge rounds and Zebra cakes. All of them guaranteed to drive your blood sugar and calorie counts through the roof and, by extension, possibly increase your susceptibility to health conditions such as COVID-19.10
Free Doughnuts, Popcorn, Fries and Hot Dogs for the Vaccinated
Not only have our government leaders, news sources and medical professionals failed by not encouraging us to lower our susceptibility to COVID-19 by eating better, exercising regularly and attaining a healthier weight, what we’re seeing now are businesses actually offering junk food to people as a reward for getting vaccinated. In recent years, pediatricians and drugstores have tried to entice children to get annual flu shots by offering them free ice cream in exchange.11 With the COVID-19 vaccines now, a similar strategy has been adopted targeting the broader population.
In March, Krispy Kreme announced a promotional campaign to offer a free glazed doughnut to each customer who presents proof of COVID-19 vaccination… every day for the rest of this year. Movie theaters such as Cleveland Cinemas in Ohio are offering free popcorn to customers who show their vaccination card. Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland began offering 10-cent beers to people who provide their vaccination card.12 13 14
Then there’s my favorite—French Fries. Super Duper Burgers in San Francisco has been offering free fries. According to a news report, “All you’ll have to do is snap a selfie at the vaccine facility, post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #COVIDVaccine.” At Nathan’s Famous at Coney Island, it’s free hot dogs for those who provide their vaccination card.15 16
And it’s not just in the U.S. where this idea of bribing people to get a COVID-19 biologic has taken hold. In China, they’re offering ice cream. Buy-one-get-one-free ice cream cones in Beijing… but only if you’ve been vaccinated.17
So the strategy is to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by helping them gain weight (and all the health issues that accompany that) and, thereby, be more susceptible to COVID-19? From a health standpoint, this makes no sense.
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1 Betz B. CDC study finds 78% of people hospitalized for COVID were overweight, obese. Fox News Mar. 9, 2021.
2 Kompaniyets L, et al. Body Mass Index and Risk for COVID-19–Related Hospitalization, Intensive Care Unit Admission, Invasive Mechanical Ventilation, and Death — United States, March–December 2020. MMWR Mar. 12, 2021.
3 Lovelace B. CDC study finds about 78% of people hospitalized for Covid were overweight or obese. CNBC Mar. 9, 2021.
4 U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Defining Adult Overweight & Obesity. Mar. 3, 2021.
5 CDC. National Center for Health Statistics. Mar. 31, 2021.
6 Monaco K. Over 73% of U.S. Adults Overweight or Obese. MedPage Today Dec. 11, 2020.
7 MoKavanagh M. CDC study highlights concerns linked between obesity and COVID. WTKR Mar. 12, 2021.
8 Takala R. CDC Study Finds 78 Percent Hospitalized for Covid Were Overweight or Obese. Mediaite Mar. 8, 2021.
9 Real Time With Bill Maher. New Rule: Give It to Me Straight, Doc | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO). YouTube Apr. 16, 2021.
10 Target. Little Debbie.
11 Cáceres M. Ice Cream for Flu Shots That Don’t Work. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 3, 2019.
12 Dickler J. Free with Covid vaccine: Krispy Kreme, marijuana, beer and more. CNBC Mar. 31, 2021.
13 Lewis S. Krispy Kreme will give you a free doughnut every day this year — if you’ve been vaccinated. CBS News Mar. 24, 2021.
14 Suttell S. 10-cent beer, free popcorn and more: COVID vaccine incentives pile up. Crain’s Cleveland Business Mar. 25, 2021.
15 Forberg S. These Companies Are Handing Out Freebies if You Get Your COVID Vaccine. MoneyWise Mar. 26, 2021.
16 Wida EC. 7 deals and food freebies you can score with a COVID-19 vaccine card. Today Apr. 14, 2021.
17 Wang V, Bradsher K. How Will China Vaccinate 560 Million People? Start With Free Ice Cream. The New York Times Apr. 6, 2021.