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# global problem
In 1975, one in every 100 Irish children was obese. Now, it's one in every 10
Rates of child and adolescent obesity are highest (over 30%) in some islands in Polynesia.
# column
Fit and healthy, but clinically obese: The problem with body mass index
BMI has good utility in measuring health and disease risk in larger populations, but it alone does not determine your individual health,’ writes Sarah Cremen.
# Overweight
Obese people less likely to develop dementia
New research shows people with a higher BMI are less likely to develop the condition.
# Weight Loss
1.8 million Irish adults could be at risk of dying 8 years before their time
Obesity could also lead to a person losing as much as 19 years of healthy living.
# Obesity
Study of over 5 million confirms obesity link to cancer
The biggest study of its kind found that over there are around 12,000 obesity-related cancers a year.
# Prime Numbers
First Communions, Harley-Davidsons, and abortion : The week in numbers
Plus: What age was the former US president who did a parachute jump for his birthday this week?
# Meat and Two Veg No More
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.
# Vital Statistics
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.
# don't fly with us
BMI Baby to end some flights to Ireland West Airport
The airline is to cease flights between the former Knock Airport and Birmingham from June.
# Love and Marriage
Putting on weight? That could be marriage... or divorce
New research suggests both marriage and divorce can affect your waistline.
# Obesity
One in ten adults in the world is obese
Irish men and men from the Czech Republic are the most overweight in Europe.
# Health
Bye, bye BMI...
…hello BVI? UK researchers believe they have found a more accurate way to identify obesity called the ‘Body Volume Index’.