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Boris Johnson unveils plan to get Brits fit to fight COVID-19 after personal struggle with weight.

Boris Johnson has announced plans to get the public fit and healthy and to fight obesity through a new campaign called “better health”. The new Public Health England initiative urges Brits to embrace a healthy lifestyle and will place tougher restrictions on junk food. These measures include the banning of adverts for food high in fat, sugar or salt before the 9 pm watershed. Under the government’s plan to tackle obesity doctors will be told to prescribe exercise to overweight people and give them access to weight loss apps. Staff in doctor’s surgeries will also be trained as “healthy weight coaches” to give people advice on how to stay fit.

Shops will also be banned from offering “buy one get one free” deals on junk food and from placing unhealthy food near the tills. Large restaurants, cafes and takeaways will all have to place labels on menus displaying calorie counts. Ministers are considering forcing calorie labels on alcohol and a traffic light system on food packaging.

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