The weaker a person’s immune system, the sicker they become if they contract the COVID-19 virus. Corporations are stepping up with updated benefits to assist employees and spouses to build stronger immune systems. Check with your employer about any available benefits. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded the medical community how important immune system strength is to overall health and life.  A person who is normal weighted, has good nutrition habits, exercises correctly, and does not let stress overtake their life will have a strong immune system.  Thus, if they contract COVID-19, they will likely have mild to moderate systems and not require medical intervention or hospitalization.   


It has been reported that over 90% of patient deaths from COVID-19 had inflammatory health disorders such as high cholesterol (atherosclerosis), hypertension, Diabetes, anxiety, stress, depression, and especially excess body fat. 


The risk of hospitalization for people who contract COVID-19 rises if someone is compromised by any inflammatory disorders.  For example, if a person has asthma, they are 1.5 times more likely to be hospitalized if they contracted the COVID-19 virus. 


Each of the following are inflammatory disorders which weaken the immune system along with the chances of being hospitalized. 

  1. Asthma – 1.5 times

  2. Anxiety – 1.5 times

  3. Stress – 2 times

  4. Depression – 3 times

  5. Hypertension – 3 times

  6. Obesity – 3 times

  7. Super Obesity – 4 times

  8. Morbid obesity – 6 times

  9. Diabetes – 4 times

  10. Chronic kidney disease – 4 times

  11. Heart disease – 5 times

  12. Lung disease – 5 times


The CDC reported the average weight gain during the pandemic (February 2020-February 2021) was 29 pounds.  The CDC also reported that excess body fact had the biggest impact on weakening the immune system.  And as a population, statistics show that individuals are gaining more weight every decade. Therefore, if we see another pandemic in the future, with people carrying an extra 29 pounds of inflammatory fat, we may see a much higher morbidity and mortality. 


The last NHANE report demonstrates the significant change between 1999-2000 as compared to 2017-2018. This chart does not include the additional average weight gain of 29 pounds during the pandemic. 


Super obese includes morbid obesity. Both put an individual at risk for hospitalization, ventilation, and a high incidence of death.


In a survey conducted by The Hope Heart Institute of PRO Club members over 60 years old, who maintained their normal weight, and who contracted COVID-19 (8 out of 235 patients age 60+).  Participants indicated they had strong immune systems because they only had experienced mild (6) to moderate (2) symptoms. One individual had extreme fatigue which was believed to be due to myocarditis which completely cleared in four weeks.


One additional worrisome fact: When men and women go through menopause (about 40 years old) and their hormones begin to drop, they go into sarcopenia. The muscle loss is replaced by fat (inflammatory) and their total body fat measurement could make them “obese” unless they exercise regularly, or they are age-managing and not letting their hormones decline.


The CDC says we will see another pandemic in the next few years. If someone is overweight, obese, super obese or morbidly obese with metabolic disorders and/or anxiety, stress, and depression, they need to lose the weight, which 85% of the time will correct their other metabolic and psychological disorders. The 20/20 LifeStyles program is the most successful weight loss program for correcting metabolic disorders and long-term success. 


20/20 LifeStyles has been recognized by the National Institute of Health for exceeding the components of a successful weight loss program and the overall long-term success rate.  52% of 20/20 LifeStyle patients maintain their weight loss at three years post program with many maintaining for five, ten and up to 20 years. Compare this to all commercial programs that are only maintaining weight loss 2% of the time at three years. The commercial weight loss programs are also very harmful because a weight loss program without proper exercise causes an individual to lose both fat and muscle mass, which destroys the metabolism.