Boris Johnson and his drive to fight Britain's obesity
Johnson is set to announce new measures to curb obesity next week. They are likely to include a ban on online ads for unhealthy foods, and limits on in-store promotions. Some restaurants could be required to put calorie labels on menus.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who believes that being overweight was a factor in his contracting a more severe form of COVID-19, has called on the public to lose weight this summer, saying it was one of the ways they "can reduce their "own risks from the deadly virus". So, in a bid to tackle Britain’s obesity problem, he is set to propose a ban on TV junk food ads before 9 pm, reports say.
The Prime Minister's move comes amid growing evidence people who are overweight or obese are at greater risk from coronavirus.
According to UK media outlets, Johnson is set to announce new measures to curb obesity next week. They are likely to include a ban on online ads for unhealthy foods, and limits on in-store promotions. Some restaurants could be required to put calorie labels on menus.
The move marks a change in stance by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has previously criticised levies on foods high in salt, fat and sugar - and described his views on tackling obesity as "libertarian", the BBC reported.
Speaking during a visit to a GP surgery in east London, he said that while he was not normally one for "nannying or bossying", the country did need to lose weight to protect from a second spike.
“Losing weight is frankly one of the ways you can reduce your own risks from COVID and actually it’s one of the ways you can generally improve your health and protect the NHS.” He says he would encourage other people to lose weight, adding that he lost “a stone (6.3 kilos) and a bit” by eating less and exercising.
Johnson's experience in intensive care during his treatment for COVID-19 is thought to have contributed to his changing position on tackling obesity.
The Prime Minister has described the COVID-19 crisis as "a devastating blow". Reports say that ministers are still finalising the detail of some anti-obesity measures, such as whether to require more prominent labelling of food and drinks with high levels of sugar or salt.