Britain's Boris Johnson doles out diet advice

The government has allocated 100 million pounds to tackle obesity in the UK and to support children, adults and families achieve and maintain a healthier weight.

Johnson speaking through social media said he owes his trimmer figure to running and, ''eating less carbs, avoiding chocolate and no more late night cheese.''

Johnson has repeatedly spoken about his efforts to shed pounds from a peak weight of 17st 6lb (112 kg) after contracting coronavirus last year.

People who are obese or overweight are at increased risk of death or severe illness from COVID-19 evidence from around the world has suggested.

Speaking of his own health kick Johnson says, ''I feel full of beans and I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it.''

Video Transcript

BORIS JOHNSON: Hi, folks. I've been doing a lot, in fact everything I can, to lose weight and to feel fitter and healthier. And what I've been doing is I've been eating less carbs, avoiding chocolate, no more late night cheese, all that kind of thing. I've been getting up early to go for-- for runs. And the result is, you know, I actually have lost some weight, quite a lot by my standards, and I feel much more energetic.

I feel full of beans, and I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend it. I know there are many people who are in the same sort of position as I am and I was, who want to lose weight. And that's why we're investing now in that whole national objective. 100 million pounds to help people to access GP appointments, to get the right apps that they need to help them to lose weight. And we're also looking at various kind of Fit-Miles schemes as well.

And what we want to do is to encourage another 700,000 people around the country, who have the kind of problems that I have had, to do the same thing. As they will be not just fitter, but also healthier and happier, and we'll bounce back better together. That's the objective.