“I’ve always wanted to lose weight for ages and ages,” he said in the clip posted Monday. “I think many people, I struggle with my weight.”
Equally alarming is the fact that one in five children aged 10-11 are living with obesity, with children living in deprived areas twice as likely to be obese.
The government policy paper, released Monday, makes a point of linking the risk of being overweight during the current pandemic. “In the last few months we have seen that being overweight or living with obesity puts you at risk of dying from Covid-19,” singling out the impact that “excess fat tissue has on vital organs like the heart, lungs and liver.”
The government hopes this campaign will encourage those currently overweight to lose 2.5kg, claiming it “could save the NHS £105 million [$135m] over the next 5 years.” The campaign comprises wide-ranging measures, from making restaurants put calorie numbers on menus to banning the advertising and promotion of unhealthy food on television and in shops.
Johnson claims that these measures will help people across the country lose weight, “not in an excessively bossy or nannying way, I hope.” However, Johnson himself has in the past opposed attempts by previous governments to take similar action.