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Poor nutrition heavily influences COVID-19 death toll, studies find


September 22, 2021

Leaders of the Navajo Nation break ground on the Kayenta Wellness Center in Kayenta, Arizona, on September 16, 2021. The $1.2 million facility will provide nutrition education and include a kitchen and rooms for fitness activities, such as cycling and aerobics. Photo: Navajo Nation Office of President and Vice President

Even before COVID-19, America faced a crisis of poor nutrition aggravated by widespread food insecurity. Those underlying factors, researchers say, allowed the disease to decimate poor communities.

More than 42% of Americans are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of adults have hypertension, and heart disease contributes to 1 in every 4 deaths in the U.S.

When the pandemic was declared in March 2020, a population riddled with underlying conditions found itself unable to fend off the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The U.S. has recorded the most COVID-19 deaths in the world, with more than 652,000 and rising by more than 1,000 a day, the CDC says.


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