Covid-19: Obese and Overweight People - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:39 am on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Watkins of Tavistock Baroness Watkins of Tavistock Crossbench 11:39 am, 4th June 2020

My Lords, global scientific data is clear: obesity weakens immune systems, resulting in increased susceptibility to a range of diseases. Covid-19 has shone a light on the effects of being overweight, and I welcome the Government’s concern and intervention for the future. What plans do they have to work with survivors of Covid-19 who are overweight? There is a real risk that many will suffer post-viral fatigue, which will further exacerbate unhealthy lifestyles and could well result in a significant number of subsequent deaths that are in fact associated with the recovery—or non-recovery—period following Covid-19. Will the Government deliver clear and transparent guidance on healthy lifestyles and provide support to overweight people who have survived Covid-19?