Thanks Joel for a highly informative article, written in a manner easily comprehensible to the layperson. It’s an important corrective to the facile Politically Correct nonsense about obesity being merely “a body choice” and that we should all avoid anything that could be interpreted by the simple-minded as “fat shaming.” In reality, the obesity epidemic is far more insidious and far more deadly than any virus. Covid-19 deaths are still less than half what we’d see in a single bad flu year, while mortality from obesity-related diseases is more than ten times that level, every year, year in and year out. But because the mass media doesn’t sensationalize the risks from obesity, we’re all mindlessly panicking over the minor threat posed by coronavirus instead.

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