Covid-19 & Health Update: Public Health in Decline Since Pandemic

Hello everyone:

 New reports reveal that during the pandemic there has been a significant increase in obesity and overweight as a result of the stress, job loss, lack of exercise and really poor dietary choices. Comfort food is killing us. Here is some of the data:

The findings confirm what several recent research studies have found: Many Americans have gained significant weight since the COVID-19 crisis started, likely fueled by an increase in sedentary behavior, stress and troubles such as job and income loss that make healthy eating harder.”(1)

 Bottom Line:

There is a way out of this, and it relies upon eating a clean diet. Not saying that shifting away from the Standard American Diet (SAD diet) is easy, but it is essential if your goals are to avoid disability and disease.


Dietary patterns high in refined starches, sugar, and saturated and trans-fatty acids, poor in natural antioxidants and fiber from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and poor in omega-3 fatty acids may cause an activation of the innate immune system, most likely by excessive production of proinflammatory cytokines associated with a reduced production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Several epidemiological studies have evaluated the effects of a Mediterranean pattern as protective against several diseases associated with chronic low-grade inflammation such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome and cognition disorders.”(2)

 PS: Why go over this information? Because consuming sub-optimal foods leads to disease as well as impairing the immune system which thus makes us more vulnerable to infections of all types as well as pandemic risks. Diet has been shown to be the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. and during this pandemic it seems to have gotten considerably worse. If you want to feel better, look better, protect your health and your future then it simply requires that you consume and optimal diet. If you want to increase your health in any way, it requires an optimal diet…there is no other way. Really.


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