The American public wasn’t healthy going into the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not getting any healthier on lockdown.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 42 percent of Americans qualified as “obese” in 2017-2018, a sharp rise from 31 percent in 1999-2000. More than 70 percent of adults 20 years old and older are overweight.
“Unless and until we do something about our obesity epidemic, it can continue rising,” Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, who served as acting surgeon general under President George W. Bush, told The Federalist. “That has both a short term and a long term negative impact on the health and well-being of our country.”
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In the short term, Americans are already dying of obesity.
The CDC has included obesity (individuals with a body mass index (BMI) between 30 kg/m² and 40 kg/m²) and severe obesity (individuals with a BMI of greater than 40 kg/m²) on its list of underlying conditions defining individuals