Missed Public Health Opportunity: Fighting Pandemic by Fighting Obesity

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Joel S. Hirschhorn

When I read a great recent article by Dr. Marty Makary that made CDC look incompetent, I was especially attracted to this minor part of it: “It took until March 2021 for the CDC to report that 78% of Covid hospitalizations were among overweight or obese patients.” 

As someone who has spent most of my waking time for the past 17 months researching the pandemic, I started to think: Why have we not seen the public health establishment mount an aggressive national campaign to get Americans to protect themselves from COVID by losing weight?  Especially because weight gain during the pandemic limitations on food freedom as well as shutdowns and school closing being acknowledged as curtailing physical activity.

Would not fighting obesity qualify as a valid prevention approach to curbing the ill effects of the COVID pandemic?  Could the reason for government’s lack of aggressively pursuing an anti-obesity campaign be a bias for promoting vaccines?  It seems a likely explanation.

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