Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021

Free fat-fighting classes offered to 700,000 Brits to take pressure off NHS

FREE fat-fighting classes will be offered to 700,000 Brits — as damning research reveals obesity is fuelling Covid deaths.

To coincide with World Obesity Day today, the PM pledges £100million to help the nation slim.

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Tubby adults will be able to access diet apps and weight-loss plans.

There may also be a reward scheme, to be developed by Air Miles founder Sir Keith Mills.

Boris Johnson, in intensive care with the virus last April, said: “If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and take pressure off the NHS.

"This funding will give extra support to people across the country who want to lose weight too."

Overweight adults have a 50 per cent higher mortality from the virus.

The World Obesity Federation said: “The failure to address the causes of obesity over decades is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.”


World Health Organisation boss Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said "The correlation between obesity and mortality rates from Covid is clear and compelling.

"We urge all countries to seize this moment."

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