In what has been a negative trend in the U.S. for decades, Americans have increased their sugar intake and the amount of food being consumed. When combining this with a decrease in physical activity, our nation is experiencing more health issues such as increased heart disease, ETC.
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took a closer look at young people who were hospitalized for COVID-19 in July and August, while the delta variant wave took hold.
Among a sample of 915 patients aged 12-17 years old from six U.S. hospitals, 61.4% were obese, the CDC found. Sixty and five-tenths percent had “severe obesity,” defined as having a body mass index (BMI) above 40. Having a BMI above 30 qualifies as obese.
In the general population, about 9% of adults have severe obesity, according to the CDC. Sixty percent of teenagers being afflicted with the condition as COVID-19 hospital patients is highly disproportionate.
Obese adolescents have vastly worse covid outcomes. The public health establishment should take this seriously—and not shutter things like school and sports, which provide balanced meals and physical activity to millions of kids https://t.co/f3SgfCgoLz
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) January 3, 2022
“Compared with patients without obesity, those with obesity required higher levels and longer duration of care,” the researchers wrote. “These findings are consistent with previous reports and highlight the importance of obesity and other medical conditions as risk factors for severe COVID-19 in children and adolescents.”
One of the only positive takeaways of the pandemic has been that young people are less affected by COVID-19 than the elderly. In fact, the most vital indicator of negative COVID-19 outcomes is age: Unlike the Spanish flu, which ravaged armies that were overwhelmingly comprised of otherwise healthy young people during World War I, COVID-19’s death toll is dramatically skewed toward those who have already lived many years. The average age of death from Spanish flu was 28.
Even with the young having a very low death rate from COVID, about 600 Americans under the age of 18 have died of COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The data confirms that COVID-19 can be a fatal disease, even for young people, but vaccine status and having generally good health and strong immunity are extremely important variables. It remains the case that healthy children who do not have underlying health conditions—particularly obesity—are by and large safe from negative COVID-19 health outcomes.
Childhood obesity has increased during the pandemic, exacerbating the issue. The increase in obesity in children coincided with shutdowns of schools and extracurricular activities, making it harder for some kids to participate in sports or other exercises.
With weight being a main factor for an increased risk of death from COVID and other diseases, guarding against obesity must be paramount. To prevent obesity, encourage healthy eating and active lifestyles among the youth in your life.
Exercise is not a guarantee someone will not become overweight, but youth who play sports or engage in other physical activity, at least 30 minutes per day, are less likely to become obese and typically enjoy strong immune systems.
Physically active kids tend to have better diets than those who stay indoors all day, glued to their smartphones and television screens.
Sp parents take away the phones, the cookies and go to the park.
Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.