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UK minister tells people to eat less to reduce coronavirus risk

The Junior Health Minister of United Kingdom Helen Whately has said that people with obesity have a higher risk of dying from coronavirus.

People eat chips whilst walking along the promenade at the British holiday resort of Scarborough, England. (File photo: Reuters)

British people should eat less to lose weight as being obese increases the risk of dying from the novel coronavirus, United Kingdom’s junior health minister Helen Whately said on Monday.

Whately said that those with a body mass index of over 40 had double the risk of dying from Covid-19.

Earlier, UK has unveiled new government measures to help people shed weight include banning TV and online adverts for junk food before 9.00 p.m., ending “buy one get one free” deals on such foods, and flagging calories on menus of large restaurants plus possibly on alcohol.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his own struggle with weight on Monday to urge the British to get fitter and tackle widespread obesity that could heighten coronavirus risks.

Johnson, 56, who has lost more than a stone (6 kg) since a life-threatening brush with coronvirus, was responding to research showing that those who are obese or overweight are at increased risk of death or severe illness from the disease.

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