I fully expect I will get a reaction that I am “fat shaming” but, there is an expression in management “If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it” and I feel that there needs to be much more understood about the impact of our obese lifestyle on the “success” of the Covid virus. For example, is that one reason why cases and deaths in the UK and the US are higher than in places like France, because a higher proportion of the population are overweight?
It seems to me that all too often when someone young dies of COVID the associated comment is “and he/she had no underlying health issues” and I’m wanting to yell at the TV. Yes they do! They are overweight/obese and all that that means in terms of “accepted” health issues like strain on organs, ongoing minor conditions like eczema, constipation, dehydration, early arthritis, pre-diabetic symptoms, and so on and so on. Fertile ground for a virus to thrive.
Those of you who are working on the frontline, maybe can help me understand, but I watch the videos from ICU units and I see it takes EIGHT people, four each side, to turn patients to help their lungs function. That is a HUGE drain on resource and exhausting for those doing it and I wonder how many of the patients they are turning are obese? Or would it still take eight people to turn me? I weigh 8 1/2 stone.
Maybe we will learn from all of this in time, but it seems to me that until the food industry is taken to task for its appalling addictive practices in the same way the tobacco industry was, there will be no end to the increasing, seemingly unrelated health issues and early deaths that we face as a society.
And we need an inventor to come up with a way to turn large patients easily that does not require the exhausting way it has to happen at the moment.