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A group of clinical experts has told the U.K government going vegan can reduce the severity of COVID-19.

15 top doctors have written an open letter to the government. It advises that a plant-based diet is an effective way of fighting health issues such as obesity, T2 diabetes, and heart disease. These are all major risk factors for COVID-19.

The letter has been signed by experts such as Emanuel Goldman, Dr. Shireen Kassam, and Professor Richard Kock.  

‘Obesity crisis’

 “The Government is set to ban junk food adverts before 9 pm and end buy-one-get-one-free promotions,” the letter reads.

“These are positive steps. But, the Government’s health strategy roundly fails to mention possibly the single biggest thing as Britons we can do to tackle the obesity crisis.  

“Going vegan is one of the simplest, cheapest things Britons can do to slash the risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19. Now more than ever before it’s time to embrace the benefits of a plant-based diet before it’s too late.”

‘Severe COVID-19’

The clinicians are also backing the #slashtheriskcampaign – created by vegan charity Viva!.

The campaign will see billboards across the country ‘making clear the stark health benefits of a plant-based diet.’.

Juliet Gellatley is the director of Viva!. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “Today some of Britain and America’s top clinicians are delivering a very clear message.  

“A healthy vegan diet can help you lose weight, reverse Type 2 diabetes and protect heart health, reducing your risk of severe Covid-19.” 

Liam Giliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.