Free Donuts After Your Shot: The media isn’t listening to science

by Mike Mutzel




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Krispy Kreme is offering Americans free donuts every day with proof of COVID vaccination through the end of 2021. This is just what we need amid a respiratory viral outbreak known to more severely impact people with chronic health conditions caused by consuming processed foods like donuts.


As if offering people a free, daily dose of refined sugar and flour fried in vegetable shortening wasn’t bad enough, the same media who ostensibly care about “every single life lost” from the pandemic is reporting on this free donut offer as though it’s a good thing.

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Over the past year, we’ve heard outlets like CBS, The Hill, Today and USA Today claim we should follow the science, listen to the experts and all “do our part.” Curiously, just this morning, these very media outlets are omitting the mountain of data (published in peer-reviewed journals) that unequivocally shows high blood pressure, obesity and other chronic conditions (caused by eating foods like donuts) are high‐risk factors for severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) and reduced vaccine effectiveness.

Herein lies the hypocrisy of response to this entire public health issue. We’re so myopically focused on reducing transmission of the microbe and increasing vaccination rates that we’re forgetting how healthy living can reduce both illness severity and improve vaccine effectiveness.

The media outlets cannot in good faith claim to care about saving lives and follow the science while continuing to omit science linking poor diet and lifestyle choices to severe COVID-19 illness. What’s worse is that this is especially during a time when people are looking to the media to learn about the latest updates surrounding this viral outbreak and ways they can protect their family from becoming ill.

It’s time we include healthy living into the containment conversation.

Studies Mentioned:

Rippe, J., & Foreyt, J. P. (2021). COVID-19 and Obesity: A Pandemic Wrapped in an Epidemic. American Journal of LIfestyle Medicine.

Drucker, D. J. (2021). Diabetes, obesity, metabolism, and SARS-CoV-2 infection: the end of the beginning. Cell Metabolism, 33(3), 479–498.

Menassa, M., Vriend, E., Maturitas, O. F., (2021). Healthy ageing in the time of Covid19: a wake-up call for action. Maturitas.

Shah, H., Khan, M. S. H., Dhurandhar, N. V., & Hegde, V. (2021). The triumvirate: why hypertension, obesity, and diabetes are risk factors for adverse effects in patients with COVID-19. Acta Diabetologica, 1–13.

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