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US Overlooking Diet Related Diseases Pose Risky for Covid-19

Two studies published the same week that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to critical care for Covid-19 found obesity a substantial risk factor for severe illness and mortality. It was April 2020, and doctors were baffled as to why coronavirus caused mild symptoms in some persons and left others gasping for air in others. Following his recovery, Johnson became outspoken about the role he believes his fat played in his virus encounter.

Johnson, a conservative who has railed against “the continuing creep of the nanny state” in the past, announced a new governmentwide obesity strategy that included a ban on junk food advertising on TV before 9 p.m. There are new calorie labeling requirements in restaurants and a requirement that healthier products be stocked near checkout lines. The prime minister started running every day and encouraged the populace to do the same.

Other countries have stepped up their efforts as policymakers understand that Diet Related disorders, including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, have put their citizens at risk during the pandemic. For example, some Mexican states have lately gone so far as to prohibit the sale of junk food to minors, in addition to the country’s current tariffs on sugary drinks and fast food. Chile was already in the midst of its anti-obesity campaign, having enacted the country’s first mandated national warning labels for foods rich in salt, sugar, and fat, as well as a ban on marketing such goods to children.

There hasn’t been a similar wake-up call in Washington regarding the link between Diet Related ailments and the epidemic. There is no such thing as a national strategy. As a result, even as academics increasingly realize that obesity is caused by a lack of willpower rather than a lack of will, there is no systemwide treatment.

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