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WASHINGTON, March 11, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that being obese or overweight significantly increases the likelihood of requiring hospitalization and ventilation for COVID-19, frequently leading to death. Over 73% of COVID patients surveyed who died were either overweight or obese.

The CDC analyzed 148,494 adults who were diagnosed to have COVID-19 between March and December 2020. Of that number, “28.3% had overweight [sic] and 50.8% had obesity.”

The risk of hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, admission to an intensive care unit (ICU), and death “increased sharply” among those patients who had “higher BMIs.”

Out of the overall number of people analyzed, there were “71,491 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (48.1% of all COVID-19 patients), 34,896 (48.8%) required ICU admission, 9,525 (13.3%) required invasive mechanical ventilation, and 8,348 (11.7%) died.”

While a small number of patients was underweight, 28.3% were overweight, and 50.8% were obese. The CDC observed that COVID-19 patients had a higher prevalence of obesity than non-COVID patients, “50.8% versus 43.1%.”

Being overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more, while being obese is having a BMI of 30 or more. Even just for hospitalization, obese patients were between 1.07 and 1.33 times as likely to require hospital treatment for COVID than patients with a healthy or normal BMI, which is between 18.5 to 24.9.

Once more invasive and serious procedures were required, the risks associated with obesity increased. Obese patients were 1.06 to 1.16 times as likely to be admitted to the ICU than patients with a healthy weight. Furthermore, a need for mechanical ventilation was 1.12 times as likely for overweight patients, and a significant 2.08 times as likely for patients with a BMI of 45 or more.

Compared to healthy weight patients infected with the virus, obese people were 1.08 to 1.61 times as likely to die.

Out of the 8,348 patients who died, 73.3% were either overweight or obese, with the majority (46%) being obese.

While such hospital data is based on a general overview of all ages, the effect being overweight and obese had on COVID patients increased in those under 65 years of age. When compared to similarly aged healthy weight patients, those with a BMI over 45 were 1.59 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 2.01 times more likely to die.

The CDC commented that the study “supports the hypothesis that inflammation from excess adiposity might be a factor in the severity of COVID-19-associated illness.” However, the government agency also added that when factoring in other underlying medical conditions, the results found “weaker associations between BMI and severe COVID-19–associated illness.”

The study recommended promoting a healthy lifestyle and eating pattern in order to reduce the “impaired lung function associated with higher BMI” which increased the risk for requiring mechanical ventilation.

“Hispanic or Latino and non-Hispanic Black adults and persons from low-income households” were all identified as sections of society which were at higher risk from more severe cases of COVID due to their “higher prevalence of obesity.”

While characteristically recommending mask wearing and use of the experimental COVID vaccines, the CDC also urged “community access to nutrition and physical activity opportunities” in order to lessen the effect which obesity would have in tandem with a COVID infection.

The CDC findings support those related by the World Obesity Federation (WOF). In a lengthy report released just this month, the WOF wrote that “countries where less than half the adult population is classified as overweight, the likelihood of death from COVID-19 is a small fraction — around one tenth — of the level seen in countries where more than half the population is classified as overweight.”

Referencing a study of 400,000 people in the U.K. between March 16 and April 26, 2020, the WOF noted how “8.6% of COVID-19 hospitalisations were attributable to inadequate physical activity, and 29.5% attributable to overweight and obesity.” In fact, 11 studies and reviews were mentioned, which were conducted in countries such as the U.S., China, the U.K., Italy, Spain, and France. All found significant risks of more severe symptoms of COVID-19 among overweight or obese people.

One U.S. study performed found that obese people were “more than twice as likely to need hospitalisation and more than six times as likely to need mechanically assisted breathing and more than six times as likely to die following development of COVID-19.”

No country where the average adult BMI was in the healthy bracket has a high COVID mortality rate, wrote the WOF, after examining 160 countries. Troublingly, they found that “COVID-19 mortality rates were more than ten times higher in countries where overweight prevalence exceeds 50% of adults (weighted average 66.8 deaths per 100,000 adults) compared with countries where overweight prevalence is below 50% of adults.”

“Increased bodyweight is the second greatest predictor of hospitalisation and a high risk of death for people suffering from COVID-19,” the WOF stated.

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Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

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The fact that Facebook calls differing opinion and objective reality "abusive" says a lot about Facebook and their agenda to silence reason and logic, not just conservatives and Christians.

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One-size-fits-all oppressive government mask mandates must stop!

Healthy adults and children should not be forced - by the state - to wear masks when the risk of infection is low and the benefit of wearing a mask is highly questionable.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse mandatory mask mandates within their borders

Public health policies should be based on science and logic, not on the type of political posturing and virtue-signaling which led Joe Biden to recently call for a national mask mandate.

And, public health policies certainly shouldn't lead to a situation where more people could become sick.

But, that is exactly what these mandatory mask mandates are doing.

Here are four inconvenient facts about masks:

1) Masks** are largely ineffective at stopping the transmission of viruses.

The vast majority of masks worn by the public are made from material which cannot filter-out viruses because virus particles are too small to catch or obstruct.  Wearing cloth masks to stop a virus is like putting a bee in a bird cage to keep it from flying away.

Wearing a mask for long periods of time ensures that the wearer has a warm and moist receptacle around his or her mouth, on which viruses and bacteria can land and accumulate.

Thus, masks are actually likely to have little effect in stopping the spread of COVID-19 acting as a barrier, but could actually make things worse acting as a receptacle.

2) Mandates which call for masks to be worn outdoors are both absurd and oppressive.

3) There are clearly documented hazards of wearing masks for long periods of time.

4) And, since school is on everyone's mind...

Notwithstanding the above information on the ineffectiveness of most masks against viruses, we don't know if asymptomatic children can even transmit the virus.

But, it was a reported in an article in the July 21, 2020 Uk Times that: "There has been no recorded case of a teacher catching the coronavirus from a pupil anywhere in the world, according to one of the UK government's leading scientific advisers."

And, we also know that children are extremely unlikely to get seriously ill or die from COVID infections. In any case, children cannot possibly be expected to wear a mask properly in a way that would cut transmission.

There are still a lot of unknowns about COVID-19, but we have grown in our understanding of this disease since the beginning of the crisis.

The knowledge we have gained should allow government and health authorities to make more nuanced policies than the current one-size-fits-all mask mandates.

Where are the legislative hearings in county commissions, and state, provincial or federal legislatures before these drastic actions are mandated? Where are the open and transparent debates among experts that provide our representatives with the necessary information to make good policy decisions?

The real pandemic is the panic and the resulting tyranny that is being caused by dictatorial governors, corporate media and the monopolistic Big Tech.

The truth is that COVID-19 is like a bad cold for most people; this is not ebola or the plague.

Of course, the very elderly and those with serious health conditions should take precautions or be quarantined, but the rest of society should begin the long process of returning to normality.

The frenzy to force everyone to wear a mask, at all times, has gone beyond all comprehension, and goes against science and logic.

Please SIGN this petition which asks policymakers at all levels of government to reverse any mandatory mask order within the borders of their county, state, province, or country.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART I - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear

'Explosion in mandatory masking isn’t driven by science, but fear', PART II - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/explosion-in-mandatory-masking-isnt-driven-by-science-but-fear-part-ii

OSHA Document on Surgical Masks and Respirators stating that surgical masks do NOT prevent airborne particles (e.g. viruses) from being inhaled - https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3219.pdf

'PETER HITCHENS: Face masks turn us into voiceless submissives - and it’s not science forcing us to wear them, it’s politics' - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8537489/PETER-HITCHENS-Face-masks-turn-voiceless-submissives.html

**Here, we are referring to the masks worn by the vast majority of the public, not to specialist masks or respirator-type masks.

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Writing for U.K./based The Light Paper, pharmacist Charles Spedding supported such findings, and highlighted the importance of healthy eating, commenting, “The real health emergency in the UK is not a coronavirus; it is Metabolic Syndrome.”

Nor are his words to be lightly ignored, since a significant majority of people in the U.K. were shown to be overweight or obese, and the WOF reported that as of 2016, 63.7% of people were overweight (BMI of 25 or more), and 27.8% of people were obese. Similar numbers were documented for the U.S.A, with 67.9% of people listed as overweight and 36.2% of people deemed obese.

The report also found “insufficient physical activity” among 40% of people in the United States.

Meanwhile, CDC data from 2019 stated that more than 20% of adults in every state were obese, with 12 states counting more than 35% of adults as obese.

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