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Lindy McDowell

There is fat chance of Stormont tackling our obesity problem

Lindy McDowell



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'Those who carry extra poundage (and he himself was an unfortunate example) are at more risk from Covid-19.'

'Those who carry extra poundage (and he himself was an unfortunate example) are at more risk from Covid-19.'

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'Those who carry extra poundage (and he himself was an unfortunate example) are at more risk from Covid-19.'

How long before Stormont decides to put us on a diet too? Boris already has his Covid weight loss plan up and - if not quite running - at least on the starting blocks. The reasoning behind the PM's new-found enthusiasm for calorie counting is sound. Those who carry extra poundage (and he himself was an unfortunate example) are at more risk from Covid-19.

And, current emergency aside, it's long been acknowledged that the UK has a major weight problem. Apparently in Europe only the people of Malta are fatter than us.

The obesity epidemic, as it's been called, has also placed an enormous burden upon the NHS. Something must be done.