Doctors to prescribe cycling to prevent obesity related hospital admissions hitting 1 million
New strategy to tackle obesity to be set out on Monday.
Including a 12-week plan for people lose weight and cycling being prescribed by GPs.
PHE found that being overweight puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.
Boris Johnson has admitted that his own weight was a factor in how badly he suffered from coronavirus.
There were nearly 900,000 obesity related hospital admissions in 2018/19.
Obesity related conditions are costing the NHS more than £6bn each year.
Risk factor for chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, some cancers, liver and respiratory disease.
GP surgeries will provide access to bikes and ministers are promising local cycling infrastructure will be improved.
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Public Health England (PHE) - Health protection agency.