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September 21, 2021

Special GAINZZZ Make-Up Thread

I just covered this, but the CDC has a new study out confirming the same finding: childhood obesity has been rising for a long time, but it really accelerated during the Years of Imprisonment during lockdown mania.

A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an "alarming" increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers.

Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year -- especially in those who already were obese when the pandemic started.

The results signal a "profound increase in weight gain for kids" and are "substantial and alarming," said one of the study's authors, Dr. Alyson Goodman of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It's also a sign of a vicious cycle. The pandemic appears to be worsening the nation's longstanding obesity epidemic, and obesity can put people at risk for more severe illness after coronavirus infection.

You do notice, don't you, that exercise can make people more resilient to covid, but the government and CDC never want to talk about that, because that would require you leave your homes periodically?

The CDC on Thursday released the study, which is the largest yet to look at obesity trends during the pandemic.

It found:

--An estimated 22% of children and teens were obese last August, up from 19% a year earlier.

--Before the pandemic, children who were a healthy weight were gaining an average of 3.4 pounds a year. That rose to 5.4 pounds during the pandemic.

--For kids who were moderately obese, expected weight gain rose from 6.5 pounds a year before the pandemic to 12 pounds after the pandemic began.

--For severely obese kids, expected annual weight gain went from 8.8 pounds to 14.6 pounds.

The rate of obesity increased most dramatically in kids ages 6 to 11, who are more dependent on their parents and may have been more affected when schools suspended in-person classes, the researchers said.

You don't say.

You. Don't. Say.

Oh well, at least we kept the nation's most precious resource -- the teachers -- safe and sitting on their asses at home. Or in Aruba.

And obesity, and even just normal overweight-ness, really increases the chances of getting a serious or even deadly case of covid. 78% of those who died from covid were obese or just overweight.

The obesity rate is 42%, and I guess the % who are overweight but not obese would add another, what, 20%? So the 78% figure isn't as startling as it first seems, but carrying extra pounds does elevate risks of death from covid. It's a major reason why the relatively young would die from it.

A more recent study, out this past August, re-confirms that.

The government really should be advising Americans to get some GAINZZZ. But they won't, because 1, the obese have a lobby and that lobby is leftwing and therefore "counts" in the government's eyes, and 2, because they don't want people going to gyms or to parks or to the beaches.

They want them sitting at home consuming Netflix and ordering bullshit off Amazon.

Only the Sophisticated, Vaccinated Crowds can go outside. Only the Unmasked Elite may go dancing at Obama's birthday bash and pose on the red carpet the Met Gala.

The Russia outlet RT.com discusses this issue; Lord knows you won't find many American ones disputing Lord God Emperor Fauci.

[T]he evidence is overwhelming that obesity is associated, more than any other factor besides age, with poor outcomes in Covid-19 patients. Data from around the world has demonstrated and quantified that truth since the first half of 2020, relatively early in the pandemic. Medical leaders in positions of authority and influence, most significantly Anthony Fauci, publicly recognized this fact as soon as it became clear, which leads to an important question.

Why have those same medical leaders said virtually nothing about obesity in the last 18 months?


Dr. Fauci is a media fixture these days, lecturing the public about everything from masks and lockdowns to social distancing and vaccine boosters. Early this year, Forbes declared that America's obesity crisis needs its own "Dr. Fauci" to help fight it; one must wonder why the actual Dr. Fauci isn't doing so.


This failure to address a major preventable factor in Covid mortality is a failure of public health policy and its leaders, and it's a failure that has cost lives.


The benefits of using the immediacy of the Covid pandemic to address America's obesity problem are clear, but ironically, it almost seems that authority figures, public policies, and social phenomena have actively opposed efforts to stay physically fit.

A policeman chases a runner jogging on an empty beach without a mask.

A New Jersey gym is harassed by the state.

Krispy Kreme offers free donuts by the dozen to healthcare providers. (When I stopped by last year, dubious, I was told I could have up to five dozen donuts free. I did not take home five dozen donuts.)

Citizens by the millions have been obligated by their governments to stay home, watching streaming services or playing video games, ordering processed, calorie-dense delivery junk food. Months upon months of behavioral habits won't disappear soon or without effort; the obesity rates keep rising.

The irony would be almost comical, were the consequences to health and life not so dire.


One can only speculate why the supposed generals in the war against the coronavirus will barely mention the deadly saboteur of obesity. Perhaps they fear the ire of 'Health at Every Size' proponents or the risk of offending a demographic that currently includes almost three-quarters of America. Maybe fomenting the public's anger at strangers unmasked in the local grocery store, rather than recommending the tough introspection and behavioral changes needed to combat excess weight, individual by individual, is a policy path too low-effort to pass up. Whatever the reason, it's apparent we must ourselves resolve to tackle our collective weight problem.

I have low GAINZZZ this week. I've kept up with my walking/sprinting schedule but am only managing to occasionally attempt the 100 push up challenge.

What about you guys? How are yo' GAINZZZ?

And as usual, do you have BOOKZZZ to recommend or PROJECTZZZ or PLANZZZ to brag about?

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