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# Obesity

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How poor countries are now facing obesity epidemics
The World Health Organisation has warned that unhealthy food needs to be taxed to divert people from buying it.
1 in 3 Irish women affected by pelvic floor dysfunction
The rise in the number of Irish women having Caesarean sections is not a result of women being “too posh to push” – there’s a hidden story that also impacts women’s choices around childbirth: pelvic floor dysfunction.
'She's a totally different child': Mother hails success of now suspended obesity service
The Up4it! obesity project, which provided support for children and parents, was funded by the HSE up until last month.
HSE childhood obesity services "sparse or non existent" across country
Calls have been made for the retail sector to remove vending machines from schools and the watershed for the advertisement of high fat foods to be increased to 9pm.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: How Ireland has some of the fittest fat kids in the world and why the axing of Communion grants is ‘worse than the famine’.
Doctors in UK call for 'soda tax' and ban on junk food advertising
The Academy of Medical Royal College said current restrictions, on advertising for children in particular, were failing to tackle obesity problems.
Parents misjudging their children's weight, report shows
An expert from safefood said that assessing children’s body weight should be viewed in the same way as hearing or sight test.
How can Ireland reduce lifestyle-related cancer rates?
A Seanad committee has come up with what it believes are some answers to tackling Ireland’s high incidence of cancer.
Column: Ireland needs to reduce childhood obesity, so why are schools cutting PE hours?
Our society has epidemic levels of obesity – so why is the Department of Education reducing the importance of PE in our schools? asks Fergal Lyons.
Poll: Do you think schools should increase time spent in PE classes?
A new study shows risk factors for heart disease can be found in Irish children as young as 10, so should schools increase time spent on physical activities?
Heart disease risk in children as young as 10 - study
The study of children from a Dublin primary school showed that 16 had risk factors for cardiovascular disease, while six had high cholesterol.
'Healthy flag' for schools could combat obesity, says TD
The flag could be run alongside the Green Flag programme in schools, said Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan.
Infant antibiotic use may have implications for allergies, asthma and obesity - study
A new Irish study has shown that antibiotic use can reduce the number of bacteria in the intestines of children.
9 dieting gimmicks you should stop wasting money on
No, really, put down those toning shoes.
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: 103% of adults fluent in Irish; evidence of a parliament found in Leinster House; rainwater is tax-free… for now.
Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland
Here’s what it’s like to be a young teenager living in Ireland.
Obesity costs Ireland over €1.1 billion per year
Costs include healthcare, loss of productivity and work absenteeism.
More breastfeeding needed to tackle obesity in children and adults
Scientific report says Ireland has lowest breast feeding rates in Europe.
Health Committee to resume hearings on childhood obesity
Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said childhood obesity is a “very important and serious health issue which needs to be tackled urgently”.
Obesity time bomb? It has already exploded, says expert
The Obesity Clinic, a new two-part documentary tracking the lives of eight obese patients at a weight management clinic, starts on RTÉ tonight.
Study reveals every single junk food meal damages your arteries
Don’t worry though, you can scoff as much Mediterranean food as you like.
The Evening Fix... now with added Law & Order
Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.
Lifestyle ‘vices’ pushing up life assurance premiums, says insurer
Smoking, drinking and over-eating are causing insurance policies to rise, says Caledonian Life.
New rules on advertising of 'unhealthy' food and drink to children
Foods high in fat, salt, or sugar will fall under the new regulations – but cheese products won’t.
Does a junk food diet lower children's IQ?
A new study found that a predominantly processed food diet at the age of three was associated with a lower IQ at the age of 8.5.
Scientists discover immune cells could protect against obesity
The research was undertaken by Marie Curie Fellow Lydia Lynch at Trinity College Dublin, and showed the importance of ‘iNKT’ cells in managing obesity and diabetes.
Here is the week's news... skewed
BREAKING via The Mire wire: New study highlights the upside to childhood obesity – and how commuters are killing the buzz for junkies taking drugs in public.
US doctors write prescriptions for vegetables
A non profit organisation in the US offers €1 dollar per day prescriptions to low income families so they can afford to buy their five a day.
Calorie counts should be displayed on menus, says report
Dr James Reilly says food businesses have 6 months to introduce scheme on a voluntary basis, or face a compulsory introduction of it.
GPA chief Farrell seeks reassessment of PE status in schools
The GAA players body have launched a Community Camp which they hope will lead to recognition of the importance of sport in society.
Column: Why are we so pass-remarkable on weight issues?
We are all aware that discrimination on the basis of race, creed or sexual preference is unacceptable, writes Lisa McInerney, so why is someone’s BMI fair game?
Column: Calorie counts on menus? Not in my restaurant.
The suggestion that all restaurants could display calorie counts is farcical – and it won’t help tackle obesity, argues Michelin-starred chef Oliver Dunne.
Pakistan tells pot-bellied police: 'Go on a diet, or quit the force'
77 per cent of police in Rawalpindi are overweight – so the police chief now says waistlines cannot be above 38″.
Disney bans junk food ads on kids' TV shows
Disney says it will no longer be sponsored by junk food.
Column: Ireland needs to ditch dieting because it isn't working. Here's why.
Kids across the country are seeing their parents spending time, energy and money on yo-yo diets and gimmicks. This isn’t good for them, writes Deirdre Cowman.
New York City set to ban large fizzy drinks
NYC’s major Michael Bloomberg says he wants to ban the drinks from restaurants, cinemas and street stalls.
Wearing a tight bra? Public greatly misinformed about cancer risks
A significant portion of the Irish population believe wearing a tight bra, a blow to the breasts and mobile phone usage are cancer risks.
Pizza is not a vegetable says Congressman
The SLICE Act aims to counter US Congress’ ruling that pizza is a vegetable.