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The majority of teenagers in the U.S. who were hospitalized with COVID-19 have been severely obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A study by the CDC found that of the patients who were hospitalized from 12-17 years old, 61.4 percent were obese, and 60.5 percent were severely obese. Of the 915 cases studied in southern hospitals from July to August, 11 of the patients died from the disease.
The CDC found that children with an underlying condition—34.7%—were also more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit than children without an underlying condition (23.9%).
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has been reporting on the risks of having co-morbidities when coming down with the virus. (See “THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM,” “OBESITY GROWS IN STATES WHERE AT LEAST 35 PERCENT ARE CONSIDERED OBESE,” “LOCKDOWNS ARE CREATING CHILDHOOD OBESITY” and “COVID-19 & OBESITY: THE MORE YOU WEIGH, THE WORSE OFF YOU ARE.”
TRENDPOST: Re-established? Junk food culture is as American as apple pie (not Mom’s home-baked, rather store-bought brands made with hydrogenated oils and saturated with chemicals).
The Trends Journal has written numerous articles detailing how the U.S. government, giant agri-business corporations, and incessant media advertising have tens of millions of Americans hooked on junk food. (See our 26 January article, “JUNK FOOD VS. COVID-19: THE WINNER IS?”)
TRENDPOST: Among the ignorant moves made by political leaders at the beginning of the coronavirus spread was the shutting down of playgrounds and parks. The 19 February Wall Street Journal article with the headline, "Remote Learning During COVID-19 Is Causing Children to Gain Weight, Doctors Warn," features a large photograph from last April of a Michigan town’s closed playground, surrounded by large, yellow “Caution” tape.
Since 11 December, nine deaths have been recorded among those under 15, yet governments are locking down youngsters again—amid the Omicron surge—and depriving them of their natural rights of growing up and living life.
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