Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has assured that he is examining the possibility of the UK government intervening to promote the fight against obesity, as British citizens will therefore be much more “resistant” to pathologies or infectious diseases. including that derived from the corona virus itself.
In his own experience as a COVID-19 patient who was eventually admitted to an intensive care unit, Johnson has realized that the fight against the coronavirus pandemic has changed his vision of government intervention on issues affecting the population.
Recalling that he lost weight in April’s intensive care unit, he said he was considering how to deal with the country’s bad obesity data. “I had a very libertarian stance on obesity,” he admitted. “But if you look at the numbers, when you see the pressure on the national health system and compare this wonderful country with other European countries, we are significantly thicker than most others,” he said.
Johnson has argued that it is not “easy” for politicians to solve the obesity problem, but has emphasized that he will “carefully” address any measures the government could take to reduce this trend detail what kind of initiatives it is considering.