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Not to mention the environmental devastation and healthcare costs (soaring rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension) our overconsumption of meat has introduced: Meat production is the primary source of methane emissions, a greenhouse gas 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

We’ve long known that meat overconsumption drives up obesity (critical risk factor during H1N1 and COVID-29 pandemics); “junk” meat — ie processed meat (deli meat) and fast food meat in particular is associated with increased risk of diabetes and cancers… 

If Biden becomes POTUS, he should enact nutrition reforms: encourage converting neighborhood restaurants, bars into bodegas that supply fresh fruits and vegetables; and culinary schools that teach Americans how to prepare healthy meals at home (easier now with work from home).

US should aim for a 10% obesity rate goal (down from 40%): A two-year ban (or until effective Covid-19 vaccine is widely administrated) on fast food places, dine-in restaurants and bars can significantly bring down rates of obesity, diabetes, heart and liver disease (and STDs).

Several years ago, Japan set a goal to bring down national obesity rates — under a national law, people’s waistlines were measured. Japan’s low obesity rate (3.4%) was a key factor (aside from good hygiene and mask use) in limiting spread of COVID-19 (fewer than 1000 deaths).

25% of people who went to the hospital with severe COVID-19 infections had diabetes. Those with diabetes were more likely to have serious complications and to die from the virus because high blood sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to fight off infections.

Such a ban will be fought by a range of lobbyists employed by restaurant, booze industries, but without bringing down US obesity rates, we simply cannot expect to have a fighting chance against the next pandemic (2009 H1N1 deaths were largely among those struggling with obesity).

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