Diet, Obesity, and Covid-19

I found this interesting article online yesterday. It is from an American source, and looks at how the administration in the USA appears to be failing to make the connection between obesity and the pandemic. The government there apparently has no visible policy on the national obesity epidemic either, or the related huge increase in Diabetes.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/31/covid-deaths-diet-diseases-nutrition-america-517076?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB

32 thoughts on “Diet, Obesity, and Covid-19

  1. I’ve heard about this connection too, I think we’re too dependent on cars, fast food, and an easy lifestyle here in the states. We have a huge obesity problem and it a death sentence in so many ways. Thanks for sharing the article, hugs, C

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  2. The obesity train lumbers on…Obama highlighted it and made new laws Trump stopped anything they had brought in…its a vicious circle add the food companies and there you have it between politicians, the food companies and joe public who just carries on eating regardless it won’t get sorted any time soon x

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    1. It does seem to be, Theo.
      The choice to eat badly, and become ill. I suppose it is much the same here, except for the government always trying to tell us not to do that, and presenting reasons why we shouldn’t.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I didn’t know Boris Johnson had launched a crusade against obesity. At least that’s one good thing he’s done. As you see things in the US are abysmal. Even many of our healthcare workers are morbidly obese. Of course, like everything, it’s about money. Big bucks in crap food, so who’s going to take them on? Not our lily-livered politicians.

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    1. Boris put most of that weight on again, I’m afraid. He can hardly button his suit jacket when he is on TV. At least they forced through a lot of nurtitional information on packaged food, and had a big TV campaign about healthy eating, exercise, and the dangers associated with obesity. Trouble is, they can’t force people to do it, so there is talk of a tax hike on ‘unhealthy food’. But it is mainly the poor who are obese, and eating healthily is more expensive.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. (1) “For example: One item on the to-do list at USDA is simply putting back in place school nutrition standards that were enacted during the Obama administration but were relaxed under Trump and then further rolled back to make it easier on schools during the pandemic.” … I was teaching elementary school during the Obama years, and the kids routinely threw away anything healthy at lunchtime. I complained about this, and asked if I could save some of the good food going to waste, and was told that it was not allowed. Bad eating habits are ingrained in children at home. Giving them a healthy alternative at school simply doesn’t work. At least not the mostly Hispanic population at my school.
    (2) Did you notice the photo of Michelle Obama at Red Rock Canyon NCA? I do a lot of hiking and rock scrambling there! It’s only a 20-minute drive from home.

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    1. I agree that many children fail to eat the healthy options offered at school, it’s the same here. Education has to be continued by the parents, but it seems many parents need more information, and to be educated themselves.
      Thanks, David.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. The last time I was in a McDonalds was around 12 years ago. That was for a breakfast meal when I was still working and living in London. In the countryside, fast food is mostly accessed by home delivery, so I don’t bother with that. I cook every day, and eat out in a proper restaurant once a month. (Lockdowns permitting. 🙂 )
      Best wishes, Pete.

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