Jonathan Neman, CEO and cofounder of the salad restaurant chain Sweetgreen, has been taking a beating on social media after linking obesity with coronavirus deaths.
In a now-deleted LinkedIn post last Tuesday, Neman suggested that “no vaccine nor mask” will save Americans if they continue to ignore their own personal health when it comes to issues like obesity.
“78% of hospitalizations due to COVID are Obese and Overweight people. Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? Is there another way to think about how we tackle ‘healthcare’ by addressing the root cause?” he asked at the beginning of his post.
Neman then suggested three solutions as Americans wrestle with the fact that the coronavirus will be with us for many years to come, arguing that it should be an opportunity to better our own health:
1. COVID is here to stay