A Tale of Two Pandemics: Obesity and COVID-19

The United States has one of the highest rates of obesity in the world. More than 40% of American adults are obese, which means they have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher.  Almost 10% of American adults qualify as severely obese, defined as having a BMI of 40 or more. Of those with extreme obesity — defined as a BMI of 40 or more —the risk of death from COVID-19 is 17 times higher.

2020-09-30T04:59:09+00:00September 30, 2020|Categories: Patient, Policy|Tags: , , , , |

For the Love of Whole Milk

In 2010, the President put together a Task Force on Child Obesity. These so-called “experts” who reformed school lunch guidelines decided to offer only low-fat milk or skim chocolate milk (with its added sugars) at school and removed whole milk from the menu. Guess what? Not ONE member of the Obesity task force was an MD, let alone a pediatrician. Five of the 9 members were lawyers!

2020-05-03T16:17:52+00:00May 10, 2016|Categories: Patient, Policy|Tags: , |
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