Archive for April, 2020

The COVID-19 “Imperative” to Tackle Obesity

April 19, 2020 — As it dawns on people that obesity really is an important risk factor for severe illness with COVID-19, we’re seeing more talk about taking obesity seriously. This is a mixed blessing. On one hand, taking obesity seriously as a medical condition really would be helpful. But on the other hand, talk about the “imperative” to […]

Finding Health Benefits in a Pandemic

April 19, 2020 — Enough. We know that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing lots of harm. Already, more than 160,000 precious souls are dead because of it. It’s hitting people with obesity and other chronic conditions especially hard. It’s ravaging communities that are already living with tremendous disadvantages. And it’s taking some of our oldest, wisest, and most talented […]

Right Now: Get the Care You Need

April 18, 2020 — This is important. Please just watch and listen to the video below from OAC Vice Chair, Patty Nece. Hi everybody. I’m Patty Nece, Vice Chair of the Obesity action coalition – OAC. I’d like to talk to you about covid-19. We know two things. First, we know that people with obesity who are infected by […]

A Pandemic of Crackpot Science

April 17, 2020 — Scared, bored, and isolated. In the midst of a pandemic, we have the perfect breeding ground for crackpot science. Over the Easter weekend, a rash of fires in the UK scorched almost two dozen cellphone towers. In all, about 50 towers in the UK have burned because of a crackpot theory that 5G communications boost […]

Getting the Care We Need Despite the Virus

April 16, 2020 — It’s a weird time we’re living through. Streets are empty, shops are closed, and our hair is growing unruly. We’re in the midst of a health crisis and yet, our usual means of getting healthcare feels out of reach for many of us. But the truth is that we have options. Health providers are adapting […]

School Nutrition Roll Back Ruled Out

April 15, 2020 — With Sonny Perdue at the helm of the USDA, the Trump administration was ready for white bread and salt to make a comeback in school lunches. Back in 2018, the agency issued rules to roll back school nutrition standards for whole grains and sodium. But yesterday, a federal court nixed it. Apparently, the agency broke […]

The Acute Problem of Neglecting a Chronic Disease

April 14, 2020 — We are in the midst of an intense learning experience. We’re learning how to live in physical isolation. At the same time, we’re also gathering as much knowledge as we can about a new virus that can be both sneaky and nasty. But most of all, we’re getting a hard lesson about the cost of […]

Farmers Ploughing Veggies Into the Dirt

April 13, 2020 — You’ll find lots of speculation about the implications of the COVID-19 lockdown on nutrition. Much of it promotes familiar themes about bad dietary habits. Nutrition guilt trips should be banned in the lockdown, but apparently, they’re not. However, a more interesting and related subject is how the lockdown is totally disrupting the production and distribution […]

Embracing Life While Also Facing Mortality

April 12, 2020 — Most of us are feeling a bit anxious these days. The ironic notion that life is a sexually transmitted condition with 100 percent mortality is a little too close for comfort. Yet somehow, we put it together with spring and find an imperative for embracing life. This is, after all, a season of renewal. Pandemic […]

COVID-19 ICU Admissions Double with Obesity

April 11, 2020 — As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we are learning that facts are stubborn. Sometimes they make us uncomfortable, but still they are stubborn. Such is the case with the fact that obesity and COVID-19 don’t mix well. New data from NYU Langone Health tell us that the risk of ICU admissions are nearly twice as high […]