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# Obesity

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Gastric bypass surgery helps obese teens keep weight off but can lead to more surgery
Some suffered vitamin deficiencies.
Sugar-free drinks won't help you lose weight
New research says there is no solid evidence to support claims the drinks help prevent obesity.
The new food pyramid: More fruit and veg, fewer carbohydrates (and no white bread)
Fruit and vegetables now comprise the largest shelf on the food pyramid.
A snapshot of Irish health: Over half of us are overweight (and a lot of us binge drink)
According to new figures from the CSO, almost one in five of us binge drink at least once a week.
Wicklow has banned fast-food chains being built within 400m of schools
The chairman of the campaigning group No Fry Zones 4 Kids, said he was “utterly delighted” at the result.
Majority of people believe Ireland should bring in a sugar tax
54% of people in Ireland want to see the tax introduced.
'Alarming results': Unfit Dublin teens show risk of heart disease similar to 55 or 60-year-olds
The DCU research concentrated on the health of moderately fit and unfit transition-year students in the greater Dublin area.
Government to target sugar, salt, fat and big portion sizes in fight against obesity
Advertising to children will also be targeted as part of the plan.
Poll: Would you be happy to pay a sugar tax to help fight obesity?
The government is announcing its ten-year plan to battle obesity today.
Your immune system might be making you fat, major new Irish research suggests
“It is too simplistic to say eat less, move more and the weight will come off,” said lead researcher Professor Donal O’Shea.
The average commuter adds 800 calories a week to their diet, a new report has found
Research from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that people who commute for long periods of time are potentially “shortening their lives”.
There may not be such thing as a "healthy obese"
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, affecting approximately 600 million people worldwide.
Varadkar says state will fight legal challenges to sugar tax
Minister Varadkar has been calling for a sugar tax for some time now, but other powers that be appear to be stalling on the tax.
Children are drinking too many sports drinks
A survey from Cardiff University School of Dentistry found 89% of children consume the drinks, with 68% doing so regularly.
Irish children are being deliberately targeted on Facebook by "junk food companies"
The Irish Heart Foundation will launch its Who’s Feeding The Kids Online study into the marketing habits of top global brands later on this morning.
PE to become Leaving Cert subject under new plan to tackle obesity in Ireland
One expert said the plan could “be one of the major tipping points in Ireland’s obesity problem.”
Children of women who gain excess weight during pregnancy are more likely to be obese
The study followed 24,000 women.
Study follows aftermath of The Biggest Loser - shows incredible difficulty contestants have in keeping weight off
Danny Cahill, winner of the reality show in 2009, lost 239 pounds in seven months. Since then he has regained over 100 pounds.
Creche owner starts campaign to make Irish schools 'sweets free zones'
Kate Guerin said she is concerned that children are given too many treats in school.
'I don't need to be elected but I got into politics to make a difference to our children's health'
Former world champion Eamonn Coghlan on his continued quest to tackle Ireland’s obesity epidemic.
Poll: Should there be a Food Minister to tackle obesity?
Darina Allen has called on the government to appoint one.
FactCheck: Is Ireland really one of the world's most obese countries?’s FactCheck puts some alarming recent headlines to the test.
'The sad thing is that when it comes to obesity, we’re creators of our own downfall'
Former Dublin football captain Paddy Christie has accused the Government of contributing to the obesity epidemic currently gripping the country.
Men looking to have children should start losing weight
Sperm carries information about a father’s weight.
Here's why we need to stop fat-shaming
Making individuals feel guilty and inadequate for their inability to control their weight will only make matters worse, writes Maeve Halpin.
Ireland found to be the second least ignorant nation... beaten out by these guys
We were beaten only by South Korea when it comes to how much we know about social realities.
Ireland is on track to become the most obese country in Europe - it's time to tax sugar
The sugar tax was left out of this year’s Budget, but should it have been, asks James Larkin.
'World's fattest woman' loses 32 stone, buys her first bikini
Catrina Raiford once weighed half a tonne.
Sorry Leo, fizzy drinks won't be taxed
The Health Minister had asked for a 20% tax on the drinks to help tackle obesity.
There are just two weight management clinics in Ireland. This is a problem, say doctors
Currently there are just two such clinics – at St Colmcille’s in Loughlinstown and at University Hospital Galway.
Oranges could be as good for overweight people's hearts as exercise
According to new research, anyway.
Scottish people are getting too big to be cremated
Funeral homes have to order larger coffins.
Coca Cola gave $1.5 million to scientists who say soft drinks don't cause obesity
A leading cardiologist says that’s not true at all.
Don't worry, Tesco's NOT banning Ribena and Capri-Sun
But it’s making some changes to the drinks it sells to children.
This 40-stone man is biking across America to lose weight and win back his wife
Eric Hites says he “has to show her and the world” what he can do.
Ice cream wars and the battle of the childhood bulge
This is one mother who’s not backing down.
Should we ban giving away free toys with fast food?
A TD says Ireland should follow San Francisco’s lead on the issue.
The food sector wants to sell us more for greater profits – but we need to consume less
For the first time in human history our biggest killers are not pathogens, at least in the Western world, but illnesses created by poor diet and the drive to consume more calories.
Debate Room: Are keep fit schemes in work a great idea or majorly intrusive?
Leo Varadkar has announced a new initiative for public sector employees. – but is it a good idea or a bad idea?
'We're fat and getting fatter - and it's a life and death issue'
Don’t like the word ‘fat’? There’s no respect in cosseting people – and the food and drink industry – about this, writes Vincent McCarthy