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


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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