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A fresh start is on the horizon, for the country and for our health.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced this is our last lockdown. The 19th July therefore will be ‘Freedom Day’, with the PM promising that the lifting of restrictions is irreversible and absolute. This certainty brings a chance not only to rebuild our lives, but to leave an unhealthy lockdown lifestyle behind, one which has contributed to a worsening obesity crisis, with the government aptly naming it ‘our next pandemic’.
Around 1 in 4 people in the UK are obese, with rates almost quadrupling in the last 25 years. Thanks to lockdown measures, the UK has also seen unprecedented decreases in activity levels, and more than a quarter of us admitting to eating less healthily. So, could Freedom Day be the lifting of restrictions not only socially, but for our unhealthy ways?
Aston spoke to dietitian Helen Bond.
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