obesity

Obesity crackdown on junk food adverts and supermarket checkouts a ‘huge step in right direction’

The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)
The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)

The government’s new obesity crackdown has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by health campaigners.

Boris Johnson will unveil his strategy later on Monday, and it will include a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm and an end to confectionary displays in shop checkouts.

Overweight people will be asked to lose 5lb to help save the NHS £100m under the new proposals.

The plan is being announced after growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from COVID-19 – medical experts said coronavirus had been a “wake-up call” about the nation’s health.

The government says two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight and that one in three children aged 10 to 11 are

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Obesity crackdown a ‘huge step in right direction’

The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)
The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)

The government’s new obesity crackdown has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by health campaigners.

Boris Johnson will unveil his strategy later on Monday, and it will include a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm and an end to confectionary displays in shop checkouts.

Overweight people will be asked to lose 5lb to help save the NHS £100m under the new proposals.

The plan is being announced after growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from COVID-19 – medical experts said coronavirus had been a “wake-up call” about the nation’s health.

The government says two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight and that one in three children aged 10 to 11 are

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Does obesity make the virus more dangerous?

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Following his admittance to intensive care with coronavirus in April, prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly preparing a more “interventionist” drive to tackle UK obesity in the ongoing and long-term fight against Covid-19.

On 24 July, it was reported that the prime minister will set out new measures next week, which are expected to include a ban on TV junk food adverts before 9pm.

They are also likely to include a ban on online ads for unhealthy foods and limits on in-store promotions. Some restaurants could be required to put calorie labels on menus.

Mr Johnson is convinced his Covid-condition became more serious because of his weight – said to be 17.5 stone at the time he was taken to hospital, according to a separate report on 15 May.

This is not the most time the severity of coronavirus has been linked to a patient’s weight – when

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