Is Boris Johnson really ‘fit as a butcher’s dog’?

PM says he has made good progress in his attempt to slim down but NHS advice suggests he has some way to go

He faces angry Conservative backbenchers, a resurgent opposition and struggled on Tuesday to clarify his own government’s lockdown rules, yet Boris Johnson’s fortunes on another front would seem to be still hanging in the balance: the battle of the bulge.

On the basis of figures cited by the prime minister during a question and answer session after a speech in Exeter, he had a BMI (body mass index) of 34.9 earlier this year when he was treated in hospital for Covid-19.

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