Obesity in Ireland

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Obesity is recognised internationally and in Ireland as a major health concern. In Ireland, 61% of adults and 22% of 5-12 year olds are overweight or obese. Irish men are more likely to be overweight than women, but obesity rates are about the same. Obesity tends to be higher in those aged over 35 and those with lower levels of education. The causes of obesity are due to a wide and constant availability of foods, many of which are high in salt, sugar and fat. Obesity is very dangerous and can lead to many illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and many other things. In Ireland, the costs of related deaths alone have been estimated at €4 billion per annum. There are many ways to prevent obesity one of the main ways is daily exercise. “Exercise doesn’t have to involve large amounts of pain and hardship as the shows claim” says Dr Colin Dunlevy. Bootcamp reality shows are misleading people about the hard work and effort involved with losing weight they scare people away from exercise rather than encourage them to exercise more. Levels of overweight and obesity among children in Ireland are high relative to other Northern European countries and continue to increase. This has important implications for the health and wellbeing of children in Ireland and will increase the proportion of obese adults in the future. Left unchecked, this trend could reverse recent improvements in life expectancy and disability and will have significant implications for health-care costs. "Food is much cheaper than in the past, in particular food that is not particularly healthy; and people are changing their lifestyles," says Mr Sassi "They have less time to prepare meals and are eating out more in restaurants." A severely obese person is likely to die two to eight years earlier than a person of normal weight. Having a waist size greater than 32 inches for a woman or 37 inches for a man is a clear indication that a person is carrying excess weight. So how can we prevent obesity?...
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