July 27, 2020 / 6:19 AM / 19 days ago

UK tells people: eat less to reduce COVID-19 death risk

FILE PHOTO: People eat chips whilst walking along the promenade at the British holiday resort of Scarborough, England July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

LONDON (Reuters) - British people should eat less to lose weight as being obese increases the risk of dying from the novel coronavirus, junior health minister Helen Whately said on Monday.

Whately said that those with a body mass index of over 40 had double the risk of dying from COVID-19.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle

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