Severe obesity can increase the risk of dying from coronavirus by up to 90%, new research shows as Britons have been urged to lose weight.
A new report from Public Health England (PHE) has found a dramatic increase in the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19, which has sparked an urgent government campaign to weaken the country.
The public is snacking more on lockdown and, despite the increase in sales of bikes and exercise equipment, overall activity levels appear to have fallen from before the pandemic, the journal PHE said.
Issue 10 is now gearing up to reveal a plan to fight obesity “very soon,” with junk food ads slated to be banned from television before the 9pm threshold and banned entirely online.
Snack promotions will be scaled back in an attempt to tackle the country’s waistline, and restaurant and takeout chains will have to publish the number of calories in the meals they serve, according to reports.
Stores will need to do the same with any alcohol they sell.
The journal PHE was published when gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools reopened across the country, allowing people to focus on their fitness.
Boris Johnson’s plans come only a year after promising to review “sin taxes,” such as proposals to extend the sugar tax to milkshakes.
The Prime Minister also confirmed his own contact with Covid-19, which led him to be admitted to intensive care in April, convinced him of the need to fight obesity in Britain.
The study concluded that overweight people, with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 to 29.9, have a higher risk of hospitalization and poor outcomes if they catch coronavirus.
Experts have also found that having a BMI of 35 to 40 increases the risk of death from coronavirus by 40% compared to people who are at a healthy weight.
A BMI of 40 or more increases your risk by 90%.
The report says that being overweight or obese increases the risk of someone ending up seriously ill in intensive care.
It found that 7.9% of critically ill patients with Covid-19 in intensive care units have a BMI over 40, compared to 2.9% of the general population.
Speaking on Friday, the prime minister said he had lost more than one stone since his fear of health, and reiterated that obesity was a risk factor for coronavirus.
Mr Johnson also admitted, in a marked change of tone, that the government could have handled the early stages of the outbreak ‘differently’.
Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist at PHE, said: “Current evidence clearly indicates that being overweight or obese puts you at increased risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, as well as many others. life-threatening diseases.
“It can be difficult to lose weight and even harder to keep it off, which is why people can’t easily do it on their own.
“Losing weight can bring huge health benefits – and can also help protect against the health risks of Covid-19.
“The case for action on obesity has never been stronger.”
The study pointed out that supermarket snack and alcohol sales have increased, possibly reflecting the fact that stores, pubs and cafes were closed during the lockdown and people turned to snacking and drinking at home.
In the first six months of this year, alcohol sales are up 30% compared to the same period last year, while confectionery sales are up 20% and home sweet food. increased by 22%, according to the PHE report.
Meanwhile, a survey of more than 2,000 people for the Food Standards Agency in May found that people were baking more from scratch – but also munching on cakes, cookies, sweets and salty snacks more often.