Perhaps the most significant & positive silver lining of the Covid-19 pandemic is the appreciation that inactivity & obesity are modern health crisis tied together & related to risk of hospitalization due to this virus. Besides being modern lifestyle related disease risk factors they are also social determinants of health.
We share a mission to promote increased physical & sport activities & health. This was clear before the pandemic & is certainly only more so today.
“Setting aside the case of the elderly who are naturally more fragile, the virus is dangerous mainly for people suffering from chronic diseases and co-morbidities such as hypertension, obesity and type II diabetes, i.e. contemporary pathologies.”
“Overweight and obesity have exploded in rich countries. What is most worrying is that it starts at a very young age.”
“In the United States, African-Americans are more affected (33% of Covid-related hospitalisations, although they represent only 13% of the population). Because of the more exposed jobs and greater precariousness but perhaps also the fact that they are more affected by obesity problems. These last two points being related to each other.”
“Overweight and associated pathologies increase while the level of physical activity follows a diametrically opposite curve. The causes are known (passive transport & leisure, sedentary jobs). Again, this starts at a very young age.”
“Comparing the performances of fathers (or mothers) with those of their sons (or daughters) at the same age is always in favour of the former, regardless of the physical quality. Maximum oxygen uptake (an index of sport performance but also an index of health) has fallen by almost 0.5% per year between 1980 and 2000.”
“a proactive policy (sports facilities, promotion of physical activity, funding of research programs in movement sciences, improving cyclability and walkability of cities, sport at school, support for associations and companies) must be put in place to increase the level of physical activity of the population, at all ages…. combating sedentary lifestyles and inactivity certainly remains one of the best ways to reduce the number of people visiting hospitals every day.”
Let's be clear: the goal of this article is not to give morality lessons, and even less to make sick people feel guilty. It is to simply describe a reality: the Covid-19 does not kill everyone. Setting aside the case of the elderly who are naturally more fragile, the virus is dangerous mainly for pe…
Posted to FB on 2020-07-28 07:47:04