Known by many as a toxic and health-harming form of harassment, the COVID-19 virus has taken fat-shaming to it's ultimate level. Of the co-morbidities that are supported by meta-analysis/systematic review, Obesity poses a significant association with risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
According to the CDC, individuals with morbid obesity (BMI of over 40 vs. 30 for obesity) have a more than six times higher risk of hospitalization. And 94% of hospitalized patients who die from COVID-19 have an underlying condition - most of them caused by or associated with excess body fat.
The war is here, and has been on for some time: an overfat pandemic of chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Likely, the greatest threat to global human health. With nothing but a Cytokine storm standing between your mild symptoms and a fatal overreaction of your body's immune system.
With #morbidlyobese trending on Twitter, and arguments heating up on Social Media, how you choose to help wage it is the question.
When home gyms sprung up during the 2020 lockdown, and online workouts became the new normal, returning back to the gyms and crossfit boxes was palpable. But in the era of lockdowns, WODs like the Memorial Day Murph workout, Death by Burpees and FRAN are stark reminders of the importance of our health our liberties and our freedom - and how we each choose to live. And die.
As CrossFit evolves to combat the worlds greatest problem, perhaps it would be a shame to not enlist those we care about into joining us on the battlefield.
And we'll each continue managing our own risks, knowing a toxic trade-off of real consequences has just arrived.