Posts Tagged ‘obesity complications’

Casual Misinformation on COVID Vaccines and Obesity

January 25, 2021 — This has become annoying. Casual misinformation about COVID vaccines is spreading through otherwise reputable news sources. “Experts” who haven’t bothered to look at the data are helping. Perhaps it comes from innocent ignorance. Or maybe from unconscious bias. But that really doesn’t matter. It is flatly wrong to keep reporting that COVID vaccines won’t work […]

Moderna Vaccine Works Well, Even with Severe Obesity

December 16, 2020 — Right now, if you search Google for COVID vaccine obesity, the top result will be a story from Nature that says the vaccine might not work well for people with obesity. But the truth is quite different. Because yesterday, FDA released data on the Moderna vaccine, and it works quite well, even in people with […]

Pfizer COVID Vaccine: Equally Effective with Obesity

December 9, 2020 — Contrary to headline-grabbing speculation, data on the Pfizer COVID vaccine tell us it works equally well in people whether or not they have obesity. These data come from detailed briefing documents on the vaccine released yesterday by FDA. Up until now, the information on COVID vaccines has been sparse – mostly press releases and speculation. […]

Obesity Is a Possible Priority for the COVID Vaccination

December 1, 2020 — Today on the web, a CDC advisory committee – the ACIP – will vote on priority groups for getting the new coronavirus vaccine. Of course, deciding who goes first is a classic setup for conflict. But for now, the grumbles are pretty quiet. The UK published its COVID vaccination priorities last week and severe obesity […]

Obesity and Coronavirus Infection Risk? Not So Fast

November 23, 2020 — For some time, it’s been clear enough that obesity increases the risk for severe symptoms with COVID-19. CDC warns that even mere overweight status might be a source of risk. But what about the risk of infection in the first place? Some studies suggest a link. However, we would advise caution in accepting that conclusion. […]

COVID-19 Reveals the Harm of Obesity in Real Time

November 9, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the obesity epidemic once again into the spotlight, revealing that obesity is no longer a disease that harms just in the long run but one that can have acutely devastating effects. New studies and information confirm doctors’ suspicion that this virus takes advantage of a disease that our current U.S. […]

Obesity Care and Prevention: Less Death and Cancer?

August 26, 2020 — Can obesity care and prevention lead to less death, cancer, and other complications of obesity? This question has been a hard one to answer. For one thing, we’re not too good at prevention. Obesity rates keep going up, not down. However, on the plus side, we have pretty good data on preventing death, cancer, and […]

Tsk Tsk: Obesity and COVID-19 Mortality

August 14, 2020 — “Fat deposited in skeletal muscle may be sought after by top-end steakhouses but…” These words bubbled up from an editorial this week in Annals of Internal Medicine. It was about obesity and COVID-19. At best, this is an unfortunate metaphor. A less generous take is that the author – a professor of Medicine at Johns […]

Making Sense of Obesity and Bad COVID Outcomes

July 25, 2020 — Why? It’s that simple question that toddlers employ against their parents. But it’s pure genius. Maybe we’re past the shock, denial, and anger of coming to terms with COVID-19 and obesity. Clearly, if someone gets COVID-19, having obesity adds to the problem. The risk of severe symptoms is higher, as is the risk of landing […]

COVID-19: Prioritizing Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery

July 21, 2020 — A healthy conversation is shaping up because of COVID-19. It’s all about the gap between talk and action on obesity. In the UK, it has a hashtag: #ActOnObsityNow. Though it’s happening more quietly in the U.S., the same conversation is in play. Will actions match our words about the urgency of obesity? The question of […]