“The novel coronavirus has claimed more than 63,000 American lives through April 30. Data about the race and ethnicity of the deceased is known for about 8 in 10 of these deaths, which we have compiled from Washington D.C. and the 38 states that are now releasing these statistics. While we have an incomplete picture of the toll of COVID-19, the existing data reveals deep inequities by race—especially for Black Americans.“The latest available COVID-19 mortality rate for Black Americans is 2.3 times higher than the rate for Latinos, 2.4 times higher than the rate for Asians, and 2.6 times higher than the rate for Whites.”
- “The prevalence of obesity was 42.4% in 2017~2018.
- From 1999–2000 through 2017–2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%, and the prevalence of severe obesity increased from 4.7% to 9.2%.
- Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.
- The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.”
- “Non-Hispanic blacks (49.6%) had the highest age-adjusted prevalence of obesity, followed by Hispanics (44.8%), non-Hispanic whites (42.2%) and non-Hispanic Asians (17.4%).
- The prevalence of obesity was 40.0% among young adults aged 20 to 39 years, 44.8% among middle-aged adults aged 40 to 59 years, and 42.8% among older adults aged 60 and olde (sp)”
The CDC information does not included Native Americans mostly because that data, if any, is held by the tribes and based upon self reporting. According to a study by the United States Health and Human Service Department (HHS), obesity among Native Americans is about fifty percent higher than amongst whites.
Diabetes. Obesity is one of the primary causes of Type-2 diabetes. The 2020 National Diabetes Statistics Report from the CDC notes that among whites the incidence of diabetes is 11.9 percent, among Blacks it is 16.4 percent, among Asians it is 14.9 and among Hispanics it is 14.7 percent. Again diabetes data is not included in the CDC notes but HHS estimates that the incidence of diabetes among Native Americans is 2.3 time that of whites.
“A recent CDC MMWR report included race and ethnicity data from 580 patients hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 55% of individuals in the surrounding community. However, 33% of hospitalized patients were black compared to 18% in the community and 8% were Hispanic, compared to 14% in the community.”
“While racial and ethnic segregation in the nation’s schools is strongly correlated with gaps in academic achievement, the income level of students’ families in a school rather than its racial or ethnic composition account for those gaps, according to a new study.”