Bukele promotes campaign that encourages weight loss to reduce risks from COVID-19

The president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, promoted on his social networks a new campaign of his government that urges Salvadorans to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid facing COVID-19.

A video in which young people appear exercising, running or walking, illustrates the campaign that warns that obese people have a higher risk of complications in case of contracting the coronavirus.

“A healthy lifestyle also helps reduce complications from COVID-19,” the ad says. “Older adults and people with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic diseases are the groups with the highest risk of mortality.”

“Eat healthy with a balanced diet to get closer to your ideal weight,” says the campaign, which also encourages outdoor activities, drink enough water, do yoga and even recommends reading a book.

Obesity has been one of the main risk factors for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 60% of adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 have “severe” obesity and studies show that losing weight is associated with better COVID-19 outcomes. .

However, in most countries, including the United States, authorities have insisted on other measures such as wearing masks, social distancing, vaccination and staying home.

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