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  • - Welcome to Real Deal.

  • I am Brian Rose and we are live here

  • at London Real World Headquarters

  • to talk about something that's really important

  • and also a little bit uncomfortable

  • and that is our weight.

  • As a country here in Britain,

  • we are obese and it's literally killing us.

  • And especially during these times of COVID,

  • it can actually exacerbate the virus.

  • And I want to talk about that today,

  • but also give you some solutions on how we can try

  • to become more fit as a country

  • and here as a city in London

  • and I'm super excited to have you here today.

  • I want to kick off by getting some feedback from you.

  • So whether you're watching this live

  • or you're watching it later,

  • please leave me a comment below right now

  • and I'll be talking to you throughout this episode.

  • I love doing these live cause I really get to hear from you.

  • And again, I'm here to try to understand

  • the struggles you have to try to project them out there

  • so we can find solutions together.

  • So first of all, tell me

  • what is your single biggest challenge right now

  • regarding fitness and weight loss?

  • Seriously, type a comment right now.

  • I really want to hear from you

  • and find out what is your single biggest challenge.

  • Next, do you think that physical and health well-being

  • are important right now and why?

  • Is it important right now when we're going into winter

  • and the lockdown and tell me if you think it is and why,

  • and finally, do you think we need better leadership

  • in this country and in this city

  • when it comes to these topics

  • and when it comes to getting our society healthier

  • to get through all sorts of issues

  • including things like the virus?

  • So, please type in your comments, I'd love to hear from you.

  • This is the fourth in a series of me

  • really going out on the streets

  • and speaking to people in the communities

  • and trying to find out how we can make

  • London a world-class city once again.

  • Let's face it, right now, it's not.

  • We are failing, I see a complete lack of leadership.

  • I see a disproportionate response to the virus

  • and I see a total lack of science-based decision making.

  • We're seeing it everywhere in the city and in this country.

  • Recently, we've had a 10:00 PM curfew

  • and I put down a lot of videos about this curfew.

  • It's literally crushing the hospitality industry,

  • responsible for 120 billion pounds of revenue,

  • four and a half million jobs,

  • almost 15% of the workforce and their revenues are down 60%

  • since the 10:00 PM curfew came into effect.

  • Even mayors in cities like Liverpool, Leeds, and Manchester

  • are calling for the government to end curfew

  • and when the people spoke to the Sage committee,

  • which is the committee that advises the prime minister,

  • they spoke to Professor Graham Medley,

  • who was on the committee and they said,

  • why did you choose the 10:00 PM curfew?

  • It seems very arbitrary, we don't see the science.

  • And he literally said, quote unquote,

  • it was never discussed.

  • So, it was never discussed with the scientific community.

  • It was just an arbitrary response.

  • And that's what I'm frustrated with.

  • Lack of science-based decision making, lack of leadership,

  • and it confuses the public.

  • It actually promotes more exposure because at 10:00 PM,

  • everyone comes outside these venues, they gather together,

  • they go to other places to gather

  • that aren't necessarily as safe

  • as some of these hospitality venues

  • and again, it's just more and more poor decisions

  • by our leadership that's hurting us from our health basis

  • and it's crushing our economy.

  • And it was funny to me that just recently,

  • our mayor here in London now decided

  • that he was against the curfew whereas before that,

  • he was scaremongering and putting everybody

  • in a state of fear and saying a lockdown is pending,

  • and we should all make sure we worry more.

  • Now it seems as if he's been listening

  • to what we're saying here at London Real,

  • and now he's deciding to come along for the ride

  • and repeating what we've been saying here,

  • which is get London back to work.

  • And that's ultimately what I want to do.

  • I want to get us back to work.

  • I want to get us healthier because I love the city,

  • I care about the people and this is my community

  • and I want to see what we can do.

  • So again, if you're coming here,

  • leave me a question below and tell me

  • or leave me an answer and tell me

  • what's the single biggest challenge

  • when it comes to your health and your weight loss.

  • Also tell me do you think health, fitness, and weight loss

  • are important right now and why?

  • And second of all, do you think we need better leadership?

  • So, I want to start with that

  • and I want to start with some facts

  • and you're not gonna want to see these facts

  • and it was hard for me to read them.

  • And to be honest, it's even worse in the country

  • I was born in in America,

  • but it's not nice to see those trends

  • coming across the pond and coming into Britain here.

  • And here's some of the facts

  • and they're not very nice to hear.

  • I mean, Britain really is the fat man of Europe.

  • This country has some of the highest obesity rates of Europe

  • and that's not very good to see and I'll show you more why.

  • Obesity in the UK has increased at 92%

  • since the 1990s, 92%.

  • And I'll explain more of the reasons why later.

  • The NHS England Chief Executive

  • said obesity is the new smoking.

  • It's one of the most important crises

  • that we need to address right now

  • and it has all sorts of other health implications.

  • And finally, we've got to find a way

  • to get London to improve their physical health.

  • There's been a lot of talk on this and it's really important

  • that we try to get people to understand

  • how important this issue is and we need to take action now,

  • especially in times of COVID

  • and I'll speak about that shortly.

  • When we actually look even further into the body mass index

  • of the people of Britain,

  • it's even more shocking and you can compute

  • your own body mass index, go to Google, type it in.

  • It's a ratio of your weight to your height.

  • And it kind of gives you a rough really quick idea

  • as to where you are when it comes to obesity.

  • But if you look in Britain,

  • it's shocking, some of the numbers.

  • When you look at the top percentage here,

  • this is the percentage of people that are obese.

  • So, it's less than our younger kids.

  • Up into the 36, 33 percentages

  • for us older folks here are actually clinically obese.

  • Now, even more than that are actually overweight.

  • 39, 40% are even overweight.

  • If you look at this, two thirds of the population

  • are struggling from being overweight.

  • And that's shocking to know

  • that we're really at this position right now.

  • It's dangerous and you can really see

  • how this is massively disproportionate.

  • And it's really an issue that we're struggling with

  • and I'm very concerned.

  • And I think it's something we really need to address,

  • but there's actually a bigger issue here.

  • And this is something I really want to talk about

  • because there's some more things I want to show you,

  • which is just this, obesity increases Coronavirus deaths.

  • And that's why I want to talk about this right now

  • because this is not being spoken of.

  • We're being told from our government to wear a mask,

  • to stay away from each other,

  • to not engage and not come in the city,

  • but there hasn't been a single sentence

  • talking about how we need to get fit, lose weight,

  • and get our health better

  • when this is probably the single,

  • biggest action step we could take

  • to protect us from this virus

  • and it doesn't make sense to me.

  • If we look at some of the statistics,

  • obesity related conditions,

  • they worsen the effect of COVID-19.

  • And if you go even further than this,

  • severe COVID-19 cases are 1.89 times

  • more likely to be in the obese.

  • That's almost double.

  • It's going to affect those that are obese.

  • So if you're on lockdown and health is not being promoted

  • or educated and gyms are closed,

  • and I'll talk about that shortly,

  • you are getting more and more susceptible to this virus.

  • And yet, there hasn't been a single word or a single effort

  • by the government to try to educate

  • and promote being healthier.

  • And it just really boggles my mind.

  • If you go even further,

  • if you have a body mass index of 35 to 40,

  • it increases the risk of death by 40%, 40%.

  • And if you're even more overweight into the obesity scale

  • of over 40, it could increase your risk

  • of COVID death by 90%.

  • I mean, these are staggering figures.

  • And the worst thing is it's something you can control.

  • You can't control your age.

  • You can't necessarily control your exposure

  • in certain environments,

  • but you can control your own physical health,

  • but we've got to tell our citizens

  • that you need to take ownership of that.

  • No one can force you to get in better shape,

  • but we can educate and also give you more opportunities.

  • And it actually reminded me

  • of one of my favourite guests on London Real

  • and that's Eddie Hall and Eddie Hall

  • is the world's strongest man

  • and this is a picture of Eddie actually in my studio

  • right before we sat down and had an incredible conversation

  • in the chair.

  • We went deep for about two and half hours.

  • And Eddie, you might know Eddie

  • because he won the World's Strongest Man contest.

  • And you can probably see why cause he's a big boy.

  • And he also has the world record

  • for the biggest dead lift in history, 500 kilogramme deadlift.

  • He did it, his eyes and his ears

  • started bleeding afterwards, it was incredible to watch.

  • And Eddie wrote an open letter to the government in July

  • pleading for them to open up gyms.

  • And at that point in this country,

  • the government had not yet opened up gyms,

  • even though clearly our health

  • was one of the biggest contributing factors

  • to protect us from the virus.

  • Instead, they open pubs.

  • They open places where we could eat more and drink more

  • and get more unhealthy.

  • And Eddie wrote a letter to the government

  • and I'm just taking a quote from the letter.

  • And Eddie said, because they hadn't yet opened gyms,

  • he said the message from government

  • is that it's far more important

  • to be allowed to drink alcohol to excess

  • than it is to indulge in exercise,

  • which benefits physical and mental health.

  • Let me just repeat that.

  • Exercise, which benefits physical and mental health.

  • And this is a really important point.

  • Eddie even struggled with mental health issues

  • when he was in his teens.

  • And it was his embracing exercise

  • that brought him out of that difficult state,