Sunday marked the 41st straight day that the seven-day average for new daily coronavirus infections in the United States trended upward. Six months after the novel coronavirus reached America, more than 3.7 million cases have been detected, and at least 137,000 people have died. The global death toll has surpassed 600 million, fuelled in part by recent surges in states such as Texas, Florida and California.
People who are overweight or obese face a lot of health complications, negative consequences, and concerns. In fact, being overweight or obese increases a person’s risk for many diseases like type-2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.
And with 36.5 percent of adults being obese and another 32.5 percent of American adults being overweight, it is no surprise that the US has the most confirmed Coronavirus deaths because people with diabetes are not only far more likely to get infected (because their immune systems are compromised) they are also up to 12 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to a new US report.
While the media are obsessing about COVID-19, we are all ignoring the elephant in the room: Foods like crisps, pizza and hamburgers, which are not only fuelling the pandemic of type-2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, but also wreaking havoc with our natural immunity.
A diet heavily based on foods that are highly processed, full of sugar and carbs is known as the Standard American Diet (aka “SAD” which seems pretty appropriate all things given!)
Highly processed foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in vitamins, minerals, and fibre break down quickly in the body and cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Due to its poor nutritional qualities and ability to encourage overeating, people who eat junk food may also gain an excessive amount of weight and become pre-diabetic.
So although President Donald Trump continues to blame increased testing on the current surge, we all need to take a step back and focus on the real issue which is our highly processed diet that is killing our immune systems