My colleague Bonchie wrote a really profound piece on the unscientific response to Ron DeSantis’ Press Secretary Christina Pushaw’s tweet about public health officials’ and the media’s hyper-focus on masks as a preventative and cure-all to stop the spread of COVID-19. Pushaw noted that instead, there should have been more focus on diet, exercise, and holistic health methods to prevent and combat COVID-19.
Many public health officials and the media, nationally, have hyper-focused on promoting non-proven interventions like cloth face coverings, while utterly neglecting the importance of: Diet, Exercise, Mental Health. I can be snarky but I’m genuinely alarmed about this.
— Christina Pushaw (@ChristinaPushaw) July 17, 2021
Pushaw expressed that she is genuinely alarmed, and as a holistic health practioner and servicer, so am I. Full disclosure before we go forward: according to the BMI chart, I am considered morbidly obese. But for me, that doesn’t translate to unhealthy, and it never has. I exercise regularly, I am active, my blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate all better than many people I know my age, and even younger than me. As is the focus of my own practices and what I teach others, it’s about building and maintaining health and your immune system, not what the scale indicates. I know a ton of skinny folks that are as unhealthy AF.
However, Bonchie does reference this CDC study, that links obesity as a prime comorbidity that increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, as well as increasing its fatality. While it has valid points, as studies go, it lacks a deeper dive and nuance.
The findings in this report highlight a dose-response relationship between higher BMI and severe COVID-19–associated illness and underscore the need for progressively intensive illness management as obesity severity increases. Continued strategies are needed to ensure community access to nutrition and physical activity opportunities that promote and support a healthy BMI. Preventing COVID-19 in adults with higher BMIs and their close contacts remains important and includes multifaceted protection measures such as masking, as well as continued vaccine prioritization (6) and outreach for this population.
So, if you
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