Wednesday, October 14, 2009

That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Fatter

Mexico has been huffing and puffing - but gaining steadily - in its quest to unseat America as the fattest nation in the world. But this looks like a game-changer:

In Mexico and Canada people who are obese are having a difficult time with the H1N1 swine flu virus, and are having rapidly worsened breathing problems. The death rate for the obese with H1N1 swine flu is higher than other people inflicted with the virus, and the recovery was more difficult.

Ruh-roh! Now, admittedly, we haven't sent the interns down to the JAMA offices to examine the original data (we assume they'll allow this as a professional courtesy), but it seems like swine flu may knock a few points off Mexico's overall Body Mass Index - culling the herd, as it were, like hyenas taking down a slow, clumsy wildebeest.

America, which has been much, much fatter over far, far longer period of time, has presumably built up the necessary immunities among our morbidly obese community, and will show none of the weakness and vulnerability of los gorditos down south.

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