COVID-19 and obesity is a lethal mix

Richard A Meyer
3 min readAug 2, 2020


QUICK READ: Obesity is associated with a higher risk of developing severe symptoms and complications of coronavirus disease, independent of other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. So why haven’t we acted?

Data seems to suggest that people with obesity are more likely to become severely ill due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. According to the US National National Library of Health, “obesity is an independent risk and prognostic factor for the disease severity and the requirement of advanced medical care in COVID-19. This systematic review highlights a particularly vulnerable group — obese, and emphasizes on the importance of treatment aggression and disease prevention in this population group”.

Bill Maher said what we don’t want to hear “The U.S. has become the epicenter of the pandemic. While other developed countries were able to flatten the curve, reduce transmissions, and get back to some semblance of normal life, the U.S. has seen the opposite across much of the country”.

So the question is why hasn’t any American health foundation taken to warning us that our eating habits are literally killing us?

I’ve written plenty of times about the cost of obesity and how it’s responsible for killing more Americans than any other health problem. Millennials are the most obese generation in history and it’s expected that most people have gained weight during this pandemic.

Now don’t give the excuse that gyms are closed because that’s just a lame excuse. Too many Americans are sitting on the couch with their laptops or iPad’s and eating without doing any exercise. Too many insurers are not contacting their customers to tell them they need to lose weight or else they are in danger for a some serious health problems but it all starts with. patients personal doctor.

Anyone who is obese should be warned by their personal physician that they risk getting serious health issues from cancer to a severe form of COVID-19. That, too often, is NOT happening.

I ride my bike 100 miles a week. There are days when it’s tough to ride because of the heat or because I have low energy but I force myself to ride. I feel better after I ride than on days I don’t ride. In fact, recent demand for entry-level and mid-range models, in the $600-$1,500 range, has significantly outstripped inventories in the US and Europe, while curtailing factory capacity in Asia. That has prompted wholesalers to bemoan global shortages and shop staff from Paris to Perth to declare panic-bought bikes “the new toilet paper”. So people are riding more but that’s still not enough.

Until we, as a nation, are ready to deal with the national obesity epidemic our healthcare is still going to bankrupt us.

Originally published at on August 2, 2020.



Richard A Meyer

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