- 6 Jun 2005
Places with the highest obesity rates are among those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, a new report suggests. | ITV National News
Obesity has been linked to a higher risk of severe Covid-19 and death from the disease.
And a World Obesity Federation report claims that around nine in 10 Covid-19 deaths have occurred in countries with high obesity rates.
This includes the UK which has the third-highest Covid death rate in the world and the fourth-highest obesity rate.
The report, which has analysed obesity rates in countries around the world as well as Covid-19 deaths, also says that the death rate is ten times higher in countries where 50% or more of the population is overweight.
The authors said that 2.2 million of the 2.5 million global deaths were in countries with high levels of obesity.
They added that countries with low levels of obesity do not have high death rates, but other factors could also be at play.
Governments urged to prioritise obese people for vaccinations over greater risk of death from coronavirus
The issue is not just obesity, but levels of weight that many assume are now normal in many countries. Death rates are 10 times higher in those where more than half the adults had a body mass index (BMI) of more than 25kg/m2 – the point at which normal weight tips into overweight.
Among countries where more than half the adult population is overweight, Belgium has the highest level of deaths, followed by Slovenia and the UK. Italy and Portugal are 5th and 6th, while the US is 8th.
Vietnam, by contrast, has the lowest lowest level of overweight in the population and the second lowest Covid death rate in the world.
This is what many of us suspected all along!
Other studies looked at correlations between harsh lockdowns vs death rates and found there to be no evidence that lockdown measures were associated with lower death rates.
People try to go on about the excellent track & trace systems in places like Singapore and South Korea, ignoring the fact that such intrusive systems could never be implemented in western European countries, while ignoring the relatively low death rates in places like India.
So, the response of the UK Government, egged on by lockdown enthusiasts, to a virus that is hugely linked to populations being overweight is to encourage people to become less fit, to make more people overweight, to make people unable to carry out their usual exercise and to impose suggestions that exercise should be limited to "once per day" or "only an hour a day" which is absurd.
It's time to get outdoor sports reopened NOW and indoor gyms should follow within a week. Anything else is totally unacceptable and demonstrates how completely out of touch this Government is by pandering to hysterical lockdown enthusiasts.
If the lockdown enthusiasts want to stay at home and make themselves unfit, that's their choice, but they have no right to make others unfit, and to cause immense harm to an entire generation of young people; many children are getting little to no exercise and hardly any children are getting adequate levels of exercise during this lockdown.
The current situation is absolutely insane!