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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”.

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THE COMMITTEE ON Health and Children will resume its hearings into childhood obesity tomorrow when it meets with the Nutrition and Health Foundation, Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management and publisher and food critic Trevor White.

Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said the Committee planned to meet with a number of groups and individuals as part of its on-going hearings on tackling childhood obesity, which he described as a “very important and serious health issue which needs to be tackled urgently”.

Buttimer said that recent studies had highlighted the issue of weight gain and obesity among children and young people and how this is impacting on individuals in particular and the health service in general.

“We are looking forward to meeting with representatives from the Nutrition and Health Foundation, Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management and Trevor White tomorrow to get their perspectives on the issue and discuss in detail their views and ideas on dealing with the issue of childhood obesity.”

The meeting takes place tomorrow, Thursday, 15th November, 2012 at 9.30am in Committee Room 2, LH 2000 – before which it will consider a motion from Senator John Crown to prohibit smoking on the Leinster House campus.

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