Getting the Nation Fighting Fit

COVID-19 does not target all people equally; it has become apparent that two of the primary risk factors are age and obesity. Whilst the former cannot be altered, obesity is something that can be addressed and indeed should be as a matter of urgency. Evidence has highlighted that being overweight or obese increases your risk of dying from COVID-19, however, obesity is also a risk factor for some of the other leading causes of death in the UK, including: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

In 2021, two British Boxing champions – Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury ‚’ are expected to fight, with the victor being crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. The UK has produced the two biggest prize fighters in the world. However, as a matter of urgency, it should become a public policy priority to get the nation ‚’fighting fit.‚’ It should be a public priority to encourage all individuals to get into their optimum physical condition in order to both support and protect the NHS.

In 2020, for ten consecutive Thursdays, the British public gathered on their doorsteps to ‚’Clap for Carers‚’ in recognition of the unprecedented challenges that the NHS faced; and over three quarters of a million people offered themselves as volunteers to assist the NHS and contribute to the national cause. Many people wanted to be of help and questioned what tangible things they could do to help fight the virus. There was one simple answer that all members of society could do to not only help the NHS but also help themselves and that is to become ‚’fighting fit.‚’




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