How Poor Diet Contributes to Coronavirus Risk

Less than 1 in 5 Americans aren’t healthy according to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Poor diet is the leading cause of poor health in the United States and is responsible for over half a million deaths each year.

This could be the biggest risk factor for Coronavirus illnesses and deaths due to underlying conditions like cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Stay-at-home orders cause many to depend on canned and packaged foods high in fat, sugar and salt, not to mention the emotional distress Coronavirus has caused with people wanting to eat “comfort food.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has also shed light on people of color who may not have access to nutritious foods that are needed to sustain metabolic rates and a healthy immune system.

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