Health minister criticised for telling people to 'eat less' to protect themselves from Covid-19

MP Nadine Dorries

MP Nadine Dorries - Credit: Parliament TV

A health minister has been criticised for telling people to "eat less" and "move more" to protect themselves from Covid-19.

Nadine Dorries tweeted a Mail Online story from a former medical tsar who claims that the obesity crisis led to Britain having the highest death coronavirus toll in Europe.

She wrote: "No doubt that there is a direct correlation between obesity and a high mortality Covid rate. We are one of the most obese nations in Europe. Eat less move more."

But her comments were seen as a deflection of government responsibility for the 50,000 deaths in the UK during the crisis, while others accused her of "blaming the dead".

Twitter user @JaneRemain replied: "Actually, a good way to combat the high covid mortality rate is to not get it in the first place. But, of course, that involves a competent govt. Instead the advice we get: beat covid by [checking] eating less and moving more. Great. Just f**king great."

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Aleesha Khaliq commented: "It’s truly grotesque to be blaming dead people for dying from coronavirus because of their weight. Are you passing the accountability?"

"Blame the public again Nadine!" said @Lynn_GT. "How many of those 50,000 were obese? And how many of those would still be alive if the government had got their act together and led by example?"

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"Blaming the dead is right up there with not feeding hungry children," claimed @FeeshKeeng. "The nasty party have kicked it into high gear."

Will Austin wrote: "I can't keep up. A few weeks back you were paying us to eat more. On the other hand, you did also have that big vote to starve school kids."

Steve Bray, meanwhile, said: "No doubt there is a direct correlation between a lying incompetent Conservative government & a high mortality Covid rate. We are one of the most gullible nations in Europe. Pay less tax, protest more."

Another asked: "So why are gyms shut, Nadine?!"

Lucy Robinson remarked: "The minister for mental health encouraging an 'eat less move more' mentality when calls to eating disorder helplines have increased 97% since March is super helpful and not dangerous at all".

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