BORIS Johnson urged Britain to slim down yesterday as a review suggested the high Covid-19 death toll was due to bulging waistlines.
The Public Health England report warns fat people are up to five times more likely to die from coronavirus than someone of a healthy weight.
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Mr Johnson said: “We need to tackle our struggle with obesity.
“Typically, our great country tends to be fatter than many other countries in Europe.
“Losing weight is one of the ways that you can reduce your own risks from Covid.”
More than six in ten UK adults are too fat, the highest in Western Europe and among the worst globally.
The Government will launch a major obesity crackdown next week, including restrictions on some TV ads and in-store deals.
PHE experts found Covid gets riskier the more overweight someone is, with even a little excess weight posing a danger.
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The Sun Says
IN his war on junk food, Boris Johnson should beware junk policy.
We all know the nation is too fat. But it is crucial to tackle it with the right tools.
We are glad the PM binned the sugar tax. But other desperate nanny-state measures, like banning buy-one-get-one-frees and certain TV food ads before 9pm, won’t cut obesity either.
Most of us have no idea of the calories in our grub. So label everything, including takeaway menus, and ensure everyone knows their daily calorie guideline.
Greater knowledge and more information will work where bans and price hikes fail.
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