Monday, July 13, 2009

Obesity now a risk factor for the swine flu

I just want to point out the containing virtual folder for this Reuters story is 'latest crisis.' This kind of suggests they feel they should always be alarming us about something. I'm perfectly happy to blog about typography or flower arranging, I don't need manufactured crises.

Anyway, more bad news for the obese. Earlier today, we learned that they made their same sex children obese. Now...
Saying the new H1N1 virus is "unstoppable", the World Health Organization gave drug makers a full go-ahead to manufacture vaccines against the pandemic influenza strain on Monday and said healthcare workers should be the first to get one.
"Obesity has been observed to be one of the risk factors for more severe reaction to H1N1" -- something never before seen, [Dr. Marie-Paule] Kieny[, WHO director of the Initiative for Vaccine Research] added. It is not clear if obese people may have undiagnosed health problems that make them susceptible, or if obesity in and of itself is a risk.

So, I guess I'll stop by the gym and weigh myself. If I've fallen out of obesity again, I'll join you in pointing fingers at them and blaming them for their problems.


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