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# Obesity

This year
Patients with obesity left in 'distress' by Ozempic dispensing guidance - doctor
Pharmacies have been told to prioritise dispensing for diabetes amid a shortage of Ozempic.
High demand drives Irish shortage of weight-loss drug Saxenda
The regulator warned that the shortage of the obesity medicine, recently added to the drug payment scheme, will continue until next month.
Donnelly: Sugar tax will remain despite WHO saying artificial sweetener could cause cancer
Aspartame is commonly used in thousands of products including diet fizzy drinks, ice cream and chewing gum.
Last year
Cancer patients advised not to ignore weight loss during treatment
A survey has shown that many people are not clear on the importance of nutritional care during cancer care.
‘We don’t stigmatise other conditions in the way that we stigmatise the problem of excess body weight'
There is frustration over the lack of resources for obesity treatment in Ireland.
Poll shows huge support for calorie labelling on menus despite plans being shelved
A report by
Céimin Burke
Nutrition experts are in favour of the measure but restaurateurs have a number of concerns.
New polling conducted by Red C on behalf of The Journal found huge support for mandatory calorie labelling on menus.
Plans to introduce the measure in Ireland, as part of efforts to tackle obesity, have been shelved.
Restaurateurs have raised a number of concerns about the policy including cost and practicality.
WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe, links problem to Covid lockdowns
Obesity rates in the region have ballooned by 138% in the past five decades.
All time
Trials of new obesity drug found it can result in weight loss of two stone in six months
The trials took place in ten countries, including Ireland, and involved 706 participants.
Ireland has the second highest obesity rate in the EU
Research found that only Malta had a higher share of its population rated as obese.
Poll: Should junk food ads be banned?
The UK is set to ban ads for junk food online and before 9pm on TV.
‘Gaining health rather than losing weight’: HSE to deliver online event on obesity
The series of seminars will focus on obesity as a chronic disease, rather than as a lifestyle issue.
Irish Heart Foundation urges government to follow UK's lead and tackle obesity
The UK government today asked overweight people to lose five pounds to save the NHS money.
Lose 5lbs to help save the NHS money, says UK Health Secretary
Cabinet minister Matthew Hancock has set the target as the Government prepares to unveil its obesity crackdown.
Doctors warn against obesity patient 'stigma' in post-pandemic health system
The Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has warned that obesity patients need access to care in the weeks to come.
Social media ads for pizza and donuts targeted as Irish Heart Foundation takes aim at 'junk food marketing'
Complaints made by the Irish Heart Foundation regarding numerous adverts have been published by the ASAI.
Call to extend sugar tax as part of 'drastic actions' to tackle childhood obesity
The survey was part of a new document by the Irish Heart Foundation to tackle childhood obesity.
Poll: Should there be a ban on selling sweets beside shop checkouts?
The Irish Heart Foundation has launched a plan to cut childhood obesity rates by half in the next decade.
Energy drinks contain up to 17 spoons of sugar and twice as much caffeine as an espresso
Overall energy drinks manufacturers have reduced the sugar content in their products since the sugar tax was introduced.
Childhood obesity report calls for ban on vending machines in schools and 'No Fry Zones'
The report also recommends stricter regulations on broadcast media around the advertising of junk-food.
Poll: Are 'no fry zones' around schools a good idea?
One in four children in Ireland is overweight or obese.
Trinity College scientists discover major link between obesity and how the body fights cancer
Up to 50% of certain cancers are attributed to obesity.
One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight
A new report published today noted similar findings among parents of obese children.
Poll: Should under-16s be banned from buying energy drinks?
There are rules on the labelling of energy drinks but no official age restriction.
Study shows overweight people twice as likely to survive when hospitalised for infectious disease
The study into the so-called “obesity paradox” looked into the health over 35,000 patients in Denmark.
Children who watch extra junk food adverts consume more calories
The catchier the ad, the more effective.
Almost a quarter of the world will be obese by 2045 researchers warn
One in eight people, up from one in 11, will have type 2 diabetes.
Sugar Tax: Nanny State gone mad or a step in the right direction?
I’m a parent and I’m not immune to the never-ending debate with kids on what we eat and drink, writes Sarah O’Brien.
People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by eating slower
New research has pointed to a link between the speed of eating and weight gain.
Obesity: 'We have gained one pound a year over the past twenty years'
Parenting is tougher than ever these days, but we can be tougher as parents, writes Dr John Sharry.
Being overweight or obese is 'major health problem', particularly among children from low-income families
A study has also found that boys are more likely than girls to find school difficult.
Poll: Do you think Irish people are health-conscious?
The majority of Irish people say they are in good health, though over 60% are overweight or obese.
The new sugar tax: Has the government gone far enough?
The new tax should be seen as a welcome first step and perhaps it will ignite an attitude change, writes Ciara Wright.
'Maths won't combat the obesity crisis, PE will'
PE teacher David O’Brien on what parents and schools can do to help.
In 1975, one in every 100 Irish children was obese. Now, it's one in every 10
Rates of child and adolescent obesity are highest (over 30%) in some islands in Polynesia.
FactCheck: Do taxes on sugary drinks actually work?
FactCheck delves into a dispute over the so-called sugar tax, which is to go live on 1 May.
This surgery could help solve Ireland's obesity crisis and save the country billions
A group of doctors say that, for many people, prevention methods are already too late and other interventions are needed.
Over €1 million spent last year on surgeries for morbidly obese people
Ireland is on course to become the fattest nation in Europe within 10 years.
Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 people worldwide - study
Researchers said there was a worrying rise in the number of obese children across the world.
Children with TVs in their bedroom far more likely to be overweight, study finds
Researchers examined the lifestyles of over 12,000 children in the UK.
'It's not an easy way out': Is surgery the way to help solve Ireland's obesity crisis?
Surgical intervention saves the State in the long-term from healthcare costs associated with obesity, say doctors.