Obese people may have to stay indoors and shield if a second wave of coronavirus hits the UK.
They could be added to the list of vulnerable Brits told to take extra precautions if hotspots flare up.
However, some people have reacted with anger at the proposals, labelling them “discriminatory”.
Nonetheless, there are concerns that another national lockdown could occur if outbreaks rise again over the autumn.
As a result, the government is said to be planning a “stiletto not a sledgehammer” strategy to dealing with infections.
According to the Sunday Telegraph, that means NHS data is being analysed to determine how to protect the vulnerable.
And that could include everyone over the age of 50 and those with weight concerns.
An unnamed cabinet minister said: “They are understanding that age does come into it.
“The shielding cohort is way too broad. You can’t say that every fat person has to shield. It will be more subtle.”
The paper claims the plan is a “more sophisticated model” for shielding.
Millions told to shield at the start of lockdown were able to leave their homes for the first time at the start of August.
PM to tackle obesity issues
Boris Johnson has indicated he wishes to bring obesity rates down. He is also overweight and had coronavirus in March.
He said: “Losing weight is hard but with some small changes we can all feel fitter and healthier.
“If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus – as well as taking pressure off the NHS.”
He also said Brits are “significantly fatter” than other Europeans.
Many social media users reacted with fury at the report and said the government would not be spared either.
“Most politicians and House of Lords must stay home then. Even Boris,” one person tweeted.
“So Boris will have to be locked down in No. 10?” another echoed.
Someone else fumed: “Outrageous! Where is the scientific advice?”
“That’s really going to help obesity! Stay at home sitting on your [blank] all day,” another person objected.
And another person claimed singling out obese people was “discriminatory”.
They tweeted: “So basically, a subset of people are required to stay at home to reduce spread.
“Age was suggested but seen to be discriminatory. So what’s an acceptable form of discrimination? I now understand the anti-obesity push in the last two weeks.”
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