I read a heart breaking story about a 4 year old boy who lost both his parents to Covid-19. My daughter is the same age and just the thought of having her go through that pain makes it hard to breathe.
I then learned that the boy’s parents were both morbidly obese, a known factor that raises the risk of Covid. As with the large majority of cases, we don’t ask what caused these vulnerabilities in the first place, or whether they could have been avoided. We just accept them as a fact of life, sometimes even a little afraid of saying something that seems insensitive or politically incorrect.
We remain seemingly incapable of imagining a world where the food industry is held accountable for the chronic diseases that underlie the very large majority of Covid-19 deaths. Many of the top risk factors that lead to more severe Covid cases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, are food-borne diseases that are both preventable and reversible.
How will we ever move forward to protect our country’s state of health if neither our journalists nor our politicians, and not even our public health experts address the root cause of our vulnerabilities? The food industry continues to poison us while the pharmaceutical industry makes a fortune managing the diseases caused by our poor habits.
Perhaps it’s time to face the fact that our life choices determine our health outcome to a great extent, and that Covid-19 is a powerful and painful reminder of our many vulnerabilities that, by design, we continually fail to address.
Let food and exercise be our medicine.
Naturopath, Health Educator
Nutrition & Exercise Specialist
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