Boris Johnson Rethinking ‘Libertarian’ Stance On Public Health: British ‘Are Significantly Fatter Than Most’

Boris Johnson Rethinking ‘Libertarian’ Stance On Public Health: British ‘Are Significantly Fatter Than Most’


United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rethinking his stance against “nanny state” interventions to the country’s obesity rate.

Johnson told Times Radio on Monday that he was rethinking his stance on government intervention to fight obesity because of the pandemic. Obesity has been linked to more severe reactions to the virus, especially in younger patients who do not have any other underlying health conditions.

“I have taken a very libertarian stance on obesity,” Johnson said, according to Bloomberg. “But actually when you look at the numbers [and] when you look at the pressure on the NHS, compare, I’m afraid, this wonderful country of ours to other European countries, we are significantly fatter than most.”

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The prime minister was hospitalized with COVID-19 and admitted to an intensive care unit in early April. After recovering, Johnson reportedly contributed the disease’s particularly hard impact on him to his weight, and his experience has caused him to rethink his approach to limits

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