Obesity levels too high as 1 in 6 children are overweight

Obesity levels too high as 1 in 6 children are overweight

One in six school children are overweight or obese and while levels appear to have stabilised or decreased in recent years, especially in girls, they are still too high.

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One in six school children classed as overweight or obese, research shows

One in six school children classed as overweight or obese, research shows

It is according to a new national nutrition survey of primary school children in Ireland.

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Dublin clinic claims junkfood diets in children can be cured in 30 minutes

Dublin clinic claims junkfood diets in children can be cured in 30 minutes

A psychologist in Dublin has said treatment for food-related mental illnesses could take as little as 30 minutes.

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Irish Heart Foundation 'dismayed' after planning permission granted to fast-food restaurant near school

Irish Heart Foundation 'dismayed' after planning permission granted to fast-food restaurant near school

An Bord Pleanála rejected an appeal from the charity against the drive-thru outlet proposed for Skerries.

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Study concludes taxing snacks more effective at reducing obesity

Study concludes taxing snacks more effective at reducing obesity

Taxing snacks could be better at reducing obesity than simply targeting sugary drinks.

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Weighty issues: Appetite for apps

Weighty issues: Appetite for apps

WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) recently launched their new brand Kurbo, a weight-loss app designed for children between the ages of eight and 17. The Kurbo app bases its system on a paediatric obesity programme that WW says is proven to work.

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Children more likely to be overweight if mothers smoke, study finds

Children more likely to be overweight if mothers smoke, study finds

The children of Irish mothers who smoke are more likely to be overweight or obese, according to a new study.

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Almost 350 children treated for obesity in two years

Almost 350 children treated for obesity in two years

Almost 350 children were treated for obesity in HSE hospitals in 2017 and 2018.

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Michael Buerk: Leave obese people alone – they’re weak, not ill

Michael Buerk: Leave obese people alone – they’re weak, not ill

The BBC broadcaster said that he believes obesity should not be classified as a disease.

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Kids from disadvantaged backgrounds obese from pre-school age, study claims

Kids from disadvantaged backgrounds obese from pre-school age, study claims

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to be overweight from as early as pre-school age onwards than their more advantaged peers.

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Scottish council backs ban on ‘go large’ promotions to tackle obesity crisis

Scottish council backs ban on ‘go large’ promotions to tackle obesity crisis

Food Standards Scotland is gathering views on how to address unhealthy eating across the country.

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Public Health Nurses afraid of misclassifying children as obese, new research shows

Public Health Nurses afraid of misclassifying children as obese, new research shows

Public Health Nurses were afraid of misclassifying children as obese and wary of approaching the issue of excess weight with the child's parents, according to new research.

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FF TD calls for primary school children to be weighed to battle obesity

FF TD calls for primary school children to be weighed to battle obesity

A Fianna Fáil TD thinks all primary school children should be weighed.

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Doctors propose a new view: Treat obesity like alcoholism

Doctors propose a new view: Treat obesity like alcoholism

The maps we use to define how we live and what we believe are constantly updated.

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Dietician claims childhood obesity has become a 'major issue'

Dietician claims childhood obesity has become a 'major issue'

Parents need to be more aware of how often their children are having fast food.

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Playtime is over for unhealthy attitudes

Playtime is over for unhealthy attitudes

Because of rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents, writes Claire Heneghan

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Richard Madden: Being bullied at school made my childhood ‘constant humiliation’

Richard Madden: Being bullied at school made my childhood ‘constant humiliation’

The Bodyguard star was attacked by his peers for being overweight.

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McDonald’s is a social and healthcare burden – whatever its charity PR might indicate

McDonald’s is a social and healthcare burden – whatever its charity PR might indicate

McDonald’s is a social, fiscal, healthcare burden in Ireland and presumably everywhere else it sells its delicious, convenient, cheap food that is high in sugar, salt and fat.

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Childhood obesity report - We need action, not more words

Childhood obesity report - We need action, not more words

The report on tackling childhood obesity by the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs has been described by Chris Macey, head of advocacy with the Irish Heart Foundation, as a “watershed moment in the national response to child obesity”.

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No evidence of progress in reducing inequalities in obesity, report finds

No evidence of progress in reducing inequalities in obesity, report finds

An Oireachtas committee report says there is no evidence of progress by the Government in reducing inequalities in obesity.

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Reports calls for planning regulations to stop fast food outlets opening near schools

Reports calls for planning regulations to stop fast food outlets opening near schools

An Oireachtas report on childhood obesity is calling for new planning regulations to prevent fast food outlets opening near schools.

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Fianna Fáil: Childhood obesity likely to rise without State intervention

Fianna Fáil: Childhood obesity likely to rise without State intervention

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs has warned that childhood obesity in Ireland is likely to rise without State intervention.

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Survey finds a fifth of nine-year-olds are overweight or obese

Survey finds a fifth of nine-year-olds are overweight or obese

The latest Growing Up in Ireland study has found that 22% of Irish nine-year-olds are overweight or obese.

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20% of nine-year-olds overweight

20% of nine-year-olds overweight

More than one in five nine-year-olds in Ireland are either overweight or obese, and only a quarter meet the recommended daily level of activity for children, according to a major longitudinal study.

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7 in 10 adults favour blanket ban on junk food advertising to kids

7 in 10 adults favour blanket ban on junk food advertising to kids

Seven out of ten adults favour a blanket ban on advertising unhealthy foods and drinks to children, according to a poll for the Irish Heart Foundation.

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Huge support for ban on advertising unhealthy foods and drinks to children, poll finds

Huge support for ban on advertising unhealthy foods and drinks to children, poll finds

More than 70% of adults are in favour of an outright ban on the advertising and promotion of unhealthy food and drinks to children, a poll has found.

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21% of obese teens think they are right weight

21% of obese teens think they are right weight

Many young teenagers are deluded about their weight, with a number whose measurements show they are obese believing they are “just the right size” or even “very/a bit skinny”.

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On World Obesity Day: 6 reasons you’re not losing weight

On World Obesity Day: 6 reasons you’re not losing weight

The British Nutrition Foundation outlines some of the reasons you may be struggling to shed the pounds, including lack of sleep and eating at night.

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Committee wants Department to ban vending machines in schools

Committee wants Department to ban vending machines in schools

The Department of Education is facing calls to ban vending machines in schools.

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Squats and lunges could be key to cutting child obesity – study

Squats and lunges could be key to cutting child obesity – study

Researchers looked at the effects of resistance training on body weight for children aged eight to 16.

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EU donates €2.6m to healthy eating scheme in Irish schools

EU donates €2.6m to healthy eating scheme in Irish schools

The European Union has allocated €2.6m for the 2018 fruit, vegetable and milk scheme in Irish schools.

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Growing support for ban on unhealthy foods in school vending machines

Growing support for ban on unhealthy foods in school vending machines

There is growing support for unhealthy foods to be banned from vending machines in schools.

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Oireachtas committee calls for ban on vending machines selling junk food in schools

Oireachtas committee calls for ban on vending machines selling junk food in schools

Vending machines which sell unhealthy food in schools should be banned, according to the Oireachtas Education Committee.

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Almost a quarter of the world's population will be obese by 2045 - survey finds

Almost a quarter of the world's population will be obese by 2045 - survey finds

Almost a quarter of the world's population will be obese by 2045, according to a new study.

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1 in 5 parents of obese kids do not realise their children are overweight

1 in 5 parents of obese kids do not realise their children are overweight

1 in 5 parents of obese children do not realise their kids are overweight.

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Latest: 85,000 children will die prematurely of obesity, Irish Heart Foundation warns

Latest: 85,000 children will die prematurely of obesity, Irish Heart Foundation warns

Research has indicated that 85,000 Irish children will die prematurely due to obesity.

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Work to be healthy

Work to be healthy

There are almost as many studies about obesity and inactivity amongst children and young teenagers as there are sugar-laden snacks fuelling an unhealthy, often overweight adulthood.

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Obesity and smoking link to infant death, study shows

Obesity and smoking link to infant death, study shows

A study of babies who died during labour or within seven days of birth has found that 21% of the mothers were smokers and 42% were either overweight or obese, writes Sean McCarthaigh

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Slow eating may stem weight gain, study finds

Slow eating may stem weight gain, study finds

Slow eating could be the key to losing weight, a new study suggests.

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Operation TransPAWmation: One in three dogs and almost 40% of cats overweight

Operation TransPAWmation: One in three dogs and almost 40% of cats overweight

At a time of year when many people are revitalising their own health and fitness regimes, Petmania are encouraging pet parents to take note of their dog’s and cat’s wellbeing and weight.

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START campaign aims to tackle obesity levels in children as one in four now overweight

START campaign aims to tackle obesity levels in children as one in four now overweight

Eight in ten children don’t get enough exercise, while one in four children in Ireland are overweight or obese and one in five doesn't get enough vegetables or fruit.

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One in four Irish children now overweight or obese, new campaign launched today

One in four Irish children now overweight or obese, new campaign launched today

A new campaign is being launched today to tackle childhood obesity.

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'Aggressive' obesity prevention and treatment needed, according to new HSE clinical lead

'Aggressive' obesity prevention and treatment needed, according to new HSE clinical lead

The new HSE clinical lead for obesity has said we spend too little on healthcare for the first three years of life.

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New cholesterol vaccine offers hope for thousands

New cholesterol vaccine offers hope for thousands

A new vaccine for cholesterol could eventually improve the lives of 250,000 Irish people, it is being claimed today.

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Is a high-tech lifestyle damaging our kids' physical development?

Is a high-tech lifestyle damaging our kids' physical development?

A high-tech lifestyle could be damaging our children's physical development.

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Ireland on course to be Europe's most obese country

Ireland on course to be Europe's most obese country

Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe within a decade.

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'No Fry Zones' around schools won't solve childhood problem, Eva Orsmond warns

'No Fry Zones' around schools won't solve childhood problem, Eva Orsmond warns

A leading weight loss expert has said that enforcing a 'No Fry Zone' around schools is missing the point.

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Almost everyone in Ireland will be overweight by 2030: WHO research

Almost everyone in Ireland will be overweight by 2030: WHO research

Being overweight is predicted to become almost universal in Ireland by 2030, WHO experts have said.

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No plans to ban vending machines from secondary schools, despite obesity levels

No plans to ban vending machines from secondary schools, despite obesity levels

Vending machines will not be banned from secondary schools here despite fresh opposition from the HSE and campaigners.

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Two fifths of US adults 'will develop diabetes'

Two fifths of US adults 'will develop diabetes'

Two fifths of people in the US will develop Type 2 diabetes during their lifetime, a major study suggests

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Govt considers 'no fry zone' ban of fast-food outlets near schools

Govt considers 'no fry zone' ban of fast-food outlets near schools

The Government is reportedly thinking about introducing a fast-food exclusion zone around schools.

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One in 10 school starters obese - UK figures

One in 10 school starters obese - UK figures

One in 10 children are obese when they start school, UK figures suggest.

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