Obesity is now being pointed to as a factor in deaths from COVID-19, putting the spotlight on countries which face the biggest battles to get their citizens in shape.
The problem of obesity due to overeating and a lack of exercise has been growing fast, with more than half of people in Europe overweight, according to the World Health Organization.
Evidence from around the world suggesting people who are overweight are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, means there is an extra reason to take on obesity.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pushing the country to get in shape, including banning television and online advertisements for junk food before 9 p.m.
Susan Jebb, a diet and population professor at Oxford University, said, “Obesity puts extra pressure and metabolic strain on almost every organ system of the body. So it’s perhaps not surprising that it also exacerbates the risk of COVID-19 complications.”