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Nearly Half Hospitalized for Flu Are Obese
NewsMax ^ | Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 09:33 AM

Posted on 01/12/2014 2:07:48 PM PST by BenLurkin

In previous years, the percentage of obese patients hospitalized for flu was in the 20-30 percent range, according to health authorities. Being overweight is a risk factor for having a less efficient immune system, which can make people vulnerable to infection.

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Most of the cases in the U.S. are the H1N1 flu strain, which caused a global pandemic during the 2009-2010 flu season.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmaxhealth.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: flu; obesity; riskybehavior; winter

1 posted on 01/12/2014 2:07:48 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

More than half are not obese. Conclude that it is safer to be obese?


2 posted on 01/12/2014 2:09:58 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: RitaOK

Speaking for myself, I certainly hope so.

Though I am 45 pounds lighter today than I was a year ago.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 2:12:01 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Half the people today are obese. So if half the flu cases are in obese people, so what?


4 posted on 01/12/2014 2:13:41 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: BenLurkin

And I’ll bet that more than half had hair.

Gotta love statistics.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:09 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: BenLurkin
Doc, I feeling flu like symptoms


6 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:24 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: faithhopecharity
"In previous years, the percentage of obese patients hospitalized for flu was in the 20-30 percent range..."
7 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:35 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Congratulations Sir!!!


8 posted on 01/12/2014 2:14:56 PM PST by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: BenLurkin

Swine flu attacks the obese? Fe-ic!


9 posted on 01/12/2014 2:15:48 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: BenLurkin

Good to know this extra piece of cake will help ward off the flu.

Sauerkraut cake, yum! Don’t knock it until you try it.


10 posted on 01/12/2014 2:16:04 PM PST by bgill
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To: BenLurkin

Couldn’t this simply indicate that more and more Americans are obese?

We might also be able to come up with data suggesting that more and more Americans getting haircuts are obese.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 2:16:55 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: BenLurkin
actually, recent studies have shown that obese people are not that much sicker on a day to day basis than their skinny cousins....

and since at least half the American population (adults) are obese, it makes sense that half the flu cases are obese people....

I'll make a bold statement...I'll bet well over half the flu cases vote democrat all the time....

12 posted on 01/12/2014 2:17:04 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: BenLurkin

Ok ( and in previous years there weren’t so many fatassed supersized folks either ). But I get the message. Thanks.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 2:23:25 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: BenLurkin

How many have had flu shots? I will bet most have had them.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 2:24:43 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: BenLurkin

Somewhere, somebody attributes his continued health to never wearing socks or underwear. “I never get sick!”. What this guy saves on medication he gets to pay in weekly dry cleaning bills, so there’s that.


15 posted on 01/12/2014 2:24:48 PM PST by lee martell
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To: BenLurkin

The hospital will not admit you because you have the flu. You get admitted because you are presenting with acute symptoms of something worthy of admission - like pneumonia.

Pulmonary concerns are generally what gets the obese flu patient admitted, along with cardiological risks compounded.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 2:27:10 PM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: RitaOK

Better headline:

Most Flu Victims Hospitalized Are Average Weight and Health.

Women, Minorities, Gay and Transgendered hardest hit.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 2:28:09 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: INVAR; BenLurkin

The “Fat Nazis” control all headlines. :)

Congrats Ben on doing your deal on the weight. Best, Rita.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 2:41:41 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: BenLurkin

and we know obese people are the result of global warming....


19 posted on 01/12/2014 2:42:21 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

‘cept there was no global pandemic in 2009 and 2010


20 posted on 01/12/2014 2:43:25 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BenLurkin

Conclusion in search of facts. FAIL.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 2:53:46 PM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: BenLurkin

Since half the nation (including myself) is obese why is this newsworthy???


22 posted on 01/12/2014 3:06:03 PM PST by ontap
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To: BenLurkin

“Nearly Half Hospitalized for Flu Are Obese”

That means this headline is also true:

“Less than Half Hospitalized for Flu Are Obese.”


23 posted on 01/12/2014 3:37:24 PM PST by Redcitizen (Never bring a tank to a Chuck Norris fight.)
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To: faithhopecharity

> Half the people today are obese. So if half the flu cases are in obese people, so what?

Anytime you see a statistic like this published in the public domain expect a government policy or regulation to follow (they’re probably the source ofthe propagandist material themselves). You will probably have to be within certain weight limits for your health insurance to pay or certain benefits.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 4:00:48 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

Ah so! Indeed ! Thanks.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 4:05:21 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: bgill

now that definitely has my curiousity going


26 posted on 01/12/2014 4:28:23 PM PST by digger48
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To: bgill

just looked at a recipe for that.

with sour cream icing? I am SO trying this!!


27 posted on 01/12/2014 4:32:36 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

I made the cake last night and just this minute hollered at the family because there’s nothing left but an empty pan. I make it from scratch but you can make it with a dark chocolate boxed mix like a devil’s food. Follow the box instructions. Dump a can of sauerkraut into a colandar and rinse it well. Chop up any large pieces of kraut. Stir the kraut into the batter and bake. Doesn’t need a frosting because the kraut makes it very moist. Don’t over bake it so it’ll be sort of like a brownie.

I also make a chocolate cake with beets. Of course, the beets turn it a bit red. But the kraut is the hands down favorite.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:38:41 PM PST by bgill
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To: digger48

I order that or a pineapple pie for my birthdays - yes, it’s that good. It’s so rich and moist that you don’t have to ice it. I like it better without.


29 posted on 01/12/2014 4:41:18 PM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

“... the beets turn it a bit red..”

Like a red velvet cake!


30 posted on 01/12/2014 4:58:37 PM PST by momtothree
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To: BenLurkin
...which caused a global pandemic during the 2009-2010 flu season.

global pandemic...?

Wow...a pandemic ?

I missed that one...I must have been asleep...

31 posted on 01/12/2014 5:05:16 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman
I am an intensivist in the Southeast United States. THis is no joke. And yes 2009-2010 was a brutal influenza year. What we are seeing is an epidemic of H1N1 that seems to hit very hard the early middle age (40-60) with a couple of chronic disease conditions in the early stage. Most of my patients are exactly as the article describes, obese, mayb a little hypertensive, diabetic. When this strain gets a hold of them it leads very quickly to highly aggressive pneumonia (called ARDS), and for some reason this strain is destroying kidney function as well. One of my colleagues who is a bit of a medical historian did some digging and found this is very similar to the 1918 strain which really wiped out a lot of people.

We have aggressively managed this and thus far have had only one death, but there are many hospitals reporting several deaths related to this. This is a public health problem and no joking matter.

32 posted on 01/12/2014 5:17:11 PM PST by gas_dr (Trial lawyers AND POLITICIANS are Endangering Every Patient in America)
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To: gas_dr
What we are seeing is an epidemic of H1N1 that seems to hit very hard the early middle age (40-60) with a couple of chronic disease conditions in the early stage. Most of my patients are exactly as the article describes, obese, maybe a little hypertensive, diabetic.

Wow...sounds like exactly what I had...for the last two weeks...I am 55, obese, little hypertensive, Type II diabetic.

I was sick for about three days and whatever I had turned into a sinus infection that lasted for two weeks...

I do take a regimen of vitamins and supplements...

This is the first time I have gotten the flu in about eight years...I attribute that to the multi vitamins and D3 I take...

I realize the flu can be very serious if your health is already compromised...I just never thought the 2009 - 2010 flu season was a pandemic...

33 posted on 01/12/2014 5:30:17 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Popman

You had “the crap”. I had it a few months ago. Finally cleared after a few weeks and all congestion was gone after about 4 weeks.

Almost as soon as this was ending I got nailed by something else that gave me hives (not an allergic reaction), fever and more congestion. Three weeks later this was gone. Hives took a week to go though.

Doc theorized that the Prednisone given to me by the “Critical Care” place down the road for the first illness, weakened my immune system and left me open for the second illness.

Regardless. I rarely get sick two years in a row let alone twice in a year.


34 posted on 01/12/2014 10:55:05 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: BenLurkin

A statistic without context.

What percentage of the population at large is obese? How does that percentage compare to the percentage with the flu?


35 posted on 01/13/2014 6:56:01 AM PST by Personal Responsibility (I'd use the /S tag but is it really necessary?)
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To: Personal Responsibility; Redcitizen; ontap
In previous years, the percentage of obese patients hospitalized for flu was in the 20-30 percent range, according to health authorities.
36 posted on 01/13/2014 7:00:52 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

It’s frustrating. I’ve had a cough now for about 3 months. Just excess mucous. No real infection, just post nasal drip triggering the cough.

Now everybody at work and at the department stores are reporting they’ve also had it, but it lasts about a week with the cough.

Chalk it up to chemtrails. <8^0


37 posted on 01/18/2014 8:11:59 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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