UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly making plans to put the country on a diet as part of a wider strategy to drive down obesity rates.
Johnson, who is on a slimming regime himself, is likely to announce plans next month in order to increase fitness levels across the board after his own hospitalisation owing to the deadly contagion back in April 2020.
“All the focus and energy is going to be on getting the nation fitter because, as the coronavirus has shown us, it will save lives,” a Department of Health insider told The Sunday Times.
As people have stayed at home for the past 12 weeks, so motivating them to eat more healthily and do more exercise won’t be that difficult, the source said.
Sources said the UK’s health department has presented a series of proposals, including family exercise schemes, healthy eating, bariatric surgery, fitting of gastric bands, to No. 10 Downing Street.
Other possible interventions include mandating calorie labelling, prohibiting price promotions like “buy one, get one free” offers and increasing the count of outdoor gyms.
“The elephant in the room is that the baseline general health in many Western populations was already in a horrendous state, to begin with. In the UK and the US, more than 60 per cent of adults are overweight or obese,” said Dr Aseem Malhotra, a UK-based Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, who has been campaigning on the issue of promoting a healthy diet to combat coronavirus.
As part of a healthy lifestyle to combat the threat from the deadly virus, experts recommend giving up packaged and ultra-processed foods and swapping refined carbohydrates with whole foods like vegetables and fruits.