Monday , October 18 2021

Fianna Fáil: Childhood obesity is likely to increase without government intervention



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Representative Fianna Fáil on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs warned that obesity in childhood in Ireland is likely to increase without state intervention.

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee says it is crucial that larger resources are targeted at lower socio-economic schools and communities in order to make the problem worse.

This is followed by the latest Growing Up study in Ireland published earlier this week, which showed that 22% of Irish nineteen years of age are overweight or obese.

A study conducted by ESRI and Trinity College Dublin found that only a quarter of nine-year-olds achieved the recommended level of physical activity, which is at least 60 minutes a day.

A survey of more than 7,500 children and their families showed that most children are healthy and 17% are overweight and 5% obese.

Senator Clifford-Lee also said that parents should set an example and take responsibility for promoting children to a healthy choice.

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