El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has shared a new ad campaign in which he encourages people to exercise, eat healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight in order to reduce their risk of getting severe COVID-19.
The approach contrasts with that of health officials in the United States, who have not emphasized personal health management as a legitimate means of making it through the pandemic.
The ad says:
“A healthy lifestyle also helps to reduce the complications from COVID-19.
Older adults and people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic illness are the groups at the most risk of mortality.
Try following these recommendations: Maintain a healthy and balanced diet to try to hit your ideal weight. Practice outdoor activities to get fresh air and sunlight, something your body needs to produce vitamin D. Drink at least two liters of water each day to keep your kidneys healthy.”
Obesity has been one of the top risk factors for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, but, unlike in El Salvador, American health officials have shied away from encouraging one of the world’s most obese populations to lose weight.
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