A New York Times news article reports:
Obese Americans are more likely to become dangerously ill if they are infected with the new coronavirus. Now public health officials are warning that a much broader segment of the population also may be at risk: even moderately excess weight may increase the odds of severe disease.
The warning, reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week, may have serious implications for Americans. While about 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese, another 32 percent are simply overweight, among the highest rates of obesity and overweight in the world.
To read the rest of the New York Times, coronavirus fatalities in the U.S. are the result of what the newspaper's news columns have called "Mr. Trump's vast failures on the coronavirus pandemic." What if the death toll isn't primarily the result of any failures by Trump, "vast" or otherwise, but at least in part because Americans have "among the highest rates of obesity and overweight in the world"? That trend has not improved under Trump, but it predated him.