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Tuesday 3 October 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Obesity

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Almost one in four Irish adults are obese, a rate worse than most of Europe
A a new global study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that obesity kills about 3.4 million people a year.
Half-ton Mexican man, once the world's heaviest, dies aged 48
Manuel Uribe had slimmed down to about 867 pounds from over 1,200.
Reilly: More shops need to stop selling sweets and chocolates at checkouts
The health minister has welcomed an announcement by Tesco to end the practice.
Darina Allen: A shared meal was once the bedrock of family life – its loss is a serious problem for society
Not surprisingly the decline in home cooking closely mirrors the rise in obesity – and it has also undermined our social skills.
Opinion: How we deal with illness and ageing is painfully outdated
Our current model of healthcare was developed to deal with a very different world: one in which people did not survive long into old age and acute illness was the main cause of death.
Children face life span five years shorter than parents - but you can change this
Experts say that obesity has reached a ‘tipping point’ in Ireland. Here are tips they shared with us on how to keep your kids healthy and active.
This anti-obesity poster from France is totally unforgettable
Cannot be unseen.
This burger joint claims that it can give customers a heart attack
Here’s what it’s like to eat at the Heart Attack Grill. Yes, it’s in Las Vegas.
Rate of obesity among Irish children stabilising - except at disadvantaged schools
There is concern about the level of overweight among Irish children, as 20 per cent of them are obese.
How much sugar do you eat everyday? Time to cut it in half
The World Health Organisation is expected to reduce the recommended amount of sugar consumed daily by 50 per cent.
Column: Fat isn’t funny anymore – not when it’s costing the country almost €4bn a year
There’s a strong correlation between weight and income. John Verling asks whether we’re in danger of criminalising being fat while missing the nub of the problem …
Research finds targeted health programme lowers obesity in children
The Junior Health Minister says the government will review the findings of the study.
Column: Positive body image or normalising excess weight? The line for plus-size fashion
We need to find a healthy balance regarding body image – and that means not celebrating extreme sizes, writes Lorraine Courtney.
Aaron McKenna: Ban the school tuck shop and watch childhood obesity plummet
The Department of Education has stopped short of taking a concrete step that would reduce the amount of junk food eaten by children in schools: banning junk food vending machines from schools.
Tuck shop crackdown: Quinn to issue healthy eating guidelines for schools
Minister Ruairí Quinn said he could not “dictate” what is sold in the vending machines in schools.
TVs, cars, computers all linked to obesity in poor nations
People with ‘modern luxuries’ could be putting themselves at risk for diabetes.
UK city sending 'motivational' texts to obese citizens
The council say the messages will give them a “effective nudge” to lose weight.
Ireland is eating more fast food as waistlines continue to grow...and grow
The ‘invisible hand of the market’ promotes obesity worldwide, according to the Irish and American authors of a new global study.
Alcohol abuse among over 50s has increased since the financial crisis
A new study from Trinity College Dublin also shows high levels of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and obesity.
How football clubs helped male footie fans lose weight
Scottish football fans were able to lose weight and stay fit thanks to the Football Fans in Training programme.
Column: Should PE be an exam subject in schools? YES.
We have the opportunity to develop a course on basic human nutrition, physical education and life skills to young people, other than just playing some games – so let’s take it, writes Steve Doody.
Teens discover whether obesity awareness affects young people's food choices
The project was part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS this week.
Ariel Sharon, bankruptcy, and water meters: The week in numbers
Plus: How many people in the world are obese?
Cases of obesity in developing countries 'more than triples' over 28 years
A new report from the Overseas Development Institute details how one in three adults worldwide are now obese.
Small glasses of cordial have up to five cubes of sugar
Safefood has launched a campaign to encourage parents to give their children water instead of juices and cordials.
This is what it is like to be a five-year-old in Ireland
Their parents like them, they’re adjusting well to school, but 20 per cent are overweight.
Poll: Should the government do more to tackle Ireland's 'obesity crisis'?
A new study says that by 2030, 90 per cent of Irish adults will be overweight. But is enough being done to tackle this?
Obesity linked to early onset of puberty in girls
Girls in the USA were found to be developing symptoms of puberty at an average age of 9.7 years.
Celebs and sports stars urged not to advertise sugary drinks
The Irish Heart Foundation is continuing its call for the government to place a sugar tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Prince George, peat briquettes and David Norris: The week in numbers
Plus: How much money has the HSE spent so far this year?
Concern Ireland is 'not far behind the US' for obesity
The news comes as Safefood launched a campaign specifically aimed at tackling childhood obesity.
Here's what the average American man looks like, says artist
Nickolay Lamm created constrasting illustrations of men from four countries, using national average measurements.
Is your cat or dog obese? It could be guilty of 'emotional eating'
Just like humans, animals can feel stressed out too sometimes, which could be making them emotional eaters, a study finds.
Minister: The number of obese three-year-olds in Ireland is frightening
Frances Fitzgerald said she was concerned about figures in a report published today which found “examples of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps”.
Children of obese mothers 35 per cent more like to die early - study
A joint study by the University of Edinburgh and Columbia University in New York has found that children of overweight mothers are more likely to suffer from heart disease.
Men who skip breakfast 'face higher risk of heart attack'
Men who fail to eat in the morning have a 27 percent higher risk of heart attack than those who eat breakfast, a new study shows.
How (and why) families affect childhood obesity
Gender work division in the home may have something to do with it…
Obesity can be predicted in two-month old babies
Curve growth patterns emerge almost from birth, say scientists.
Poorer women more likely to be obese after childbirth
Lower household income, smoking and lower levels of breastfeeding are all contributory factors.