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Being overweight and getting Covid-19

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Regiomontanus, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. Regiomontanus

    Regiomontanus άντρας των αστεριών

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    "About 78% of people who were hospitalized, placed on a ventilator or died from COVID-19 were overweight or obese, a new report from the CDC shows."

    I knew that being overweight was a complicating factor for those who became infected. But 78%! There some other factors, such as age, but a high BMI really stands out.

    And ~42% of Americans are obese! Thank goodness I can at least not worry about that (will worry about my age instead LOL).


    Nearly 80% hospitalized for COVID-19 were overweight or obese

    Body Mass Index and Risk for COVID-19–Related ...

    Obesity is a Common, Serious, and Costly Disease
     
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    Unveiled Artist You are safe

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    We are? We must be hiding it well.
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    Me too, I don't have to worry about being an American. ;)
     
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    No. No we are not. :facepalm:
     
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    Based on this map of the US, I will make some snarly summaries:

    - People who vote GOP, tend to be fatter.
    - People who are Christian, tend to be fatter.
    - People who are poorer, tend to be fatter.

    Stop being credulous people! You're hurting yourself, and you're hurting the rest of us.

    New Adult Obesity Maps
     
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    Your third bullet is explicitly endorsed in the link:

    "Obesity decreased by level of education. Adults without a high school degree or equivalent had the highest self-reported obesity (36.2%), followed by high school graduates (34.3%), adults with some college (32.8%) and college graduates (25.0%)."
     
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    It still surprises me how much it matters. You'd think that being fat would make one more healthy, but instead its the opposite.

    I wonder if Americans are as fat as we were 10 years ago? I doubt that we are. Once we learned the truth about corn syrup many of us made a u-turn and began to get slimmer. Many of us are re-learning how and what to eat. I own cookbooks, now.

    https://www.cardiosmart.org/news/2016/7/the-american-diet-is-improving
     
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    I was quite disappointed, on my first and so far only trip to the US in 2016, to discover that obesity seemed to be no more prevalent there than in Europe. I’d been told you were a nation of proper fatties, and you’d make me look svelte. Not so.

    That was New York though. Guess that place runs on adrenaline?
     
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    Unveiled Artist You are safe

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    Shrugs. I found that as a cultural stereotype. Least around here.

    Edit. If you mean profound obesity, no. But you do have beer bellies due to age more so than mc donald's.

    Slower matabalism
     
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    Vitamin D is an immunomodulator. It is also fat soluble. The fat absorbs vitamin D and reduces vitamin D available to modulate immune responses. Dark skinned people and folks in higher latitudes are more likely to be vitamin D deficient. Immune system responses for people with low vitamin D are more likely to run out of control and allow cytokine storms that kill many who become infected with Covid.
     
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    Of course, the first reflex on this thread seems to be to make this issue political rather than medical. This is what gets people killed.
     
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    Cooking for ourselves (most of the time) - so we can cook healthy and know exactly what we are consuming, is definitely important to a healthy lifestyle. And exercise too, of course, and we are still learning about just how and why physical activity is so important for good health.
     
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    Regiomontanus άντρας των αστεριών

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    Yes, if definitely matters where you are visiting. Some states have very good numbers, many are so-so. But overall things are not good, though in some ways getting better (childhood obesity is down).
     
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    Its very time consuming to learn and expensive. Its much easier to eat what is on the shelf. I have yet to come up with a meal plan.
     
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    Regiomontanus άντρας των αστεριών

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    Great point! Vitamin D is super important for good health and most people do not get/produce enough. About 15 years ago I asked my doc to include a test for it when doing a regular blood panel for a physical. I had a very low number, like 16 ng/ml or something like that, approximately half of what it should be (though many recommend a target higher than the government recommendation).
     
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    Regiomontanus άντρας των αστεριών

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    Yes convenience (and cost) can be a bugger, I hear ya.
     
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    Keep cooking though, and eventually you’ll develop your own repertoire.

    Using a lot of vegetables requires imagination at first, and a bit of planning, but anything you keep doing eventually becomes routine.
     
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    To say nothing of suppressing my disgust for vegetables!
     
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    I thought cooking from scratch would be more expensive, but I found it really isn't. Its dirt cheap in the long run. Its just that initial process of collecting your 'staples' that is costly. Once you've got what you need, though, the costs can really drop.

    I cook from scratch. I feed a family of five, and our weekly grocery bill averages 50-70 USD. Granted, we don't buy meat, but we do buy vegetarian replacement products sometimes.

    That being said, I haven't found learning to cook delicious food to have been helpful for any weight loss goals...
     
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