A report of the Public Health Authority in England said today, Saturday, that those who are obese or overweight are at a higher risk of death or severe illness if they develop Covid-19 disease.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged to tackle the obesity problem, and he himself has dumped some kilograms since he entered intensive care after being infected with Covid-19 caused by infection with the Corona virus.
The Public Health Authority in England stated that the data showed that those with a BMI between 30 and 35 increased the risk of dying with Covid-19 by 40 percent, while the percentage increased to 90 percent among those with a BMI above 40.
People are classified Whose body mass index is greater than 30 as obese.
The Public Health Authority said that nearly 63 percent of adults in England were overweight or obese.
“The current evidence clearly shows that being overweight or obese increases the risk of serious illness or death due to Covid-19 or many other life-threatening diseases,” said Allison Doston, senior public health expert.
Johnson said on Friday that people should lose weight, and reports indicated that this week restrictions could be imposed on the advertisement of unhealthy foods.
Susan Gibb, a professor of food systems and population health at Oxford University, said she was pleased to see Johnson acknowledge the extent of the public health crisis Britain is facing with regard to the issue of obesity.
“This matter has emerged because of Covid-19 … This is an issue that we have known for some time, but it has never reached the top of the government’s priority list,” Jeep, who reviewed the public health authority report, told reporters.