Another day-another example of the “conspiracy theorists” being right.
CNN just published an article that cited a study showing how obesity increases the likelihood of someone getting COVID as well as being at risk of COVID.
We’ve known about this data for two years–CNN must have just figured it out.
People who are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk of much more severe disease and even death from Covid-19 — and one new study suggests that losing weight can reduce that risk. https://t.co/fu40ixz0Fh
— CNN (@CNN) January 3, 2022
In the holiday season, when the average American can easily pack on a few pounds, experts say there is another reason to pay attention to your weight: Covid-19.
People who are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk of much more severe disease and even death from Covid-19, and one new study suggests that losing weight can reduce that risk.
People with obesity are 46% more at risk of getting Covid-19, according to a study from August. It found that they are also more at risk of getting really sick, facing a 113% higher chance of being hospitalized, a 74% higher risk of needing to be treated in the ICU and — perhaps most troubling of all — a 48% increased risk of death.
“The risk goes up and up and up with each increase” in body mass index (BMI), said study co-author Barry Popkin, a distinguished professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
CNN was mocked over this.
Critics quickly took to social media to slam CNN, with some questioning why it took so long for the liberal network to acknowledge the data that was already widely known.
“A truly shocking development,” one critic jokingly wrote, while another thanked the network for finally “catching up.”
Other critics mocked the strict lockdown policies used for a prolonged period of time in many Democratic controlled states, including the shuttering of gyms. Some jokingly argued that keeping them open would have helped prevent people from gaining weight and becoming more susceptible to a serious case of the coronavirus, or even death.
Some mocked recent pushes by some liberal outlets against the airing of negative views on the body image of those who are overweight, including an op-ed published by NBC News claiming that “coronavirus fat shaming hurts everyone,” and a February 2021 cover of Cosmopolitan magazine with the picture of a plus-size model and the phrase, “This is healthy!”
Others turned their criticism towards Twitter itself, arguing that CNN’s tweet contained essentially the same content as a tweet from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., which partially led to her getting permanently suspended from the platform other weekend.
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