As warnings of a second wave of coronavirus loom, obese people are among vulnerable groups who may be instructed to stay at home this autumn, it has been reported.
The government is said to be mulling over a “more sophisticated model” for shielding, in preparation for winter and to avoid another national lockdown. Part of the plan is to employ a “stiletto not a sledgehammer” approach by pinpointing people who are especially vulnerable to the virus and telling them to remain indoors, a cabinet minister told The Sunday Telegraph.
But in the north of England, tighter lockdown restrictions have been introduced in Greater Manchester, parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, after transmission rates in those areas increased over recent weeks. Preston is the latest area to impose tougher measures.
The “Better Health” campaign is designed to tackle obesity and help people lose weight. Recent figures showed that about two-thirds (63 per cent) of adults in England are overweight or obese, and one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese.
Boris Johnson, who himself is overweight and became ill with Covid-19 in April, led the charge in launching the campaign. He said: “Losing weight is hard, but with some small changes, we can all feel fitter and healthier.
“If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus – as well as taking pressure off the NHS.”