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# obese

Last year
# pandemic
WHO warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe, links problem to Covid lockdowns
Obesity rates in the region have ballooned by 138% in the past five decades.
All time
# healthy ireland
Three in every five Irish adults are overweight or obese
The number of smokers in Ireland has fallen again, with 17% of the nation smoking according to the latest Healthy Ireland survey.
# obesity paradox
Study shows overweight people twice as likely to survive when hospitalised for infectious disease
The study into the so-called “obesity paradox” looked into the health over 35,000 patients in Denmark.
# childhood obesity
Children are spending longer in front of a screen and it's putting their health at risk
A new report tracks childhood obesity over 12 years.
# weighty issue
Latest research shows Ireland's obesity problem is only getting worse
A new study from The Lancet said that this will occur by 2025. Men in Ireland have the highest BMI in Europe.
# Maternal Health
Weight gain between pregnancies linked to increased risk of stillbirth and infant death
Babies of mothers who gain more than 11kg between pregnancies have about a 50% greater risk of their baby dying in the first four weeks of life.
# transformation
'World's fattest woman' loses 32 stone, buys her first bikini
Catrina Raiford once weighed half a tonne.
# Obesity
There are just two weight management clinics in Ireland. This is a problem, say doctors
Currently there are just two such clinics – at St Colmcille’s in Loughlinstown and at University Hospital Galway.
'I know it's not healthy to be fat. You really, really don’t have to tell me that'
Reacting to journalist Lindy West’s article about being a “fat” bride, a contributor who wishes to remain anonymous says it gave her hope that even if she doesn’t lose weight, she has a future.
# Full Irish
Alarming WHO report: Nearly ALL Irish adults likely to be overweight by 2030
On current trends, some 89 percent of Irish men will be overweight by 2030, and nearly half obese.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland cut welfare benefits for obese people?
David Cameron wants to do it – should we do it here?
# United Kingdom
David Cameron is planning to cut benefits for obese people
Doctors have said the plan may actually cost money, not save it.
Opinion: Advice for overweight people to slim down is valid – it's about health, not body image
We don’t need a nation of size 8s and Disney-proportioned cartoon characters, but we do need to admit that being overweight is not healthy.
# snooze button
Love your weekend lie-in? It could make you fat
‘Social jetlag’ is also linked to metabolic disorders, inflammation and diabetes.
# Humiliation
'Laughed at by shop assistants': 40% of overweight people abused on a weekly basis
This comes in a new study from Slimming World about the abuse faced.
# Men's Health
7 in 10 Irish men are overweight or obese but they're less likely to diet than women
Report finds men’s food choices are dictated by taste, habit and convenience.
# Overweight
Ireland's child obesity rate has plateaued and it may begin to fall
Researchers say the plateau in childhood obesity is still unacceptably high.
# recommendations
HIQA are looking for comments on referral thresholds for gastrointestinal procedures
Draft recommendations have been published.
# Going to Waist
Some obese people may not be obese at all - here's how
Researchers at NUI Maynooth say that there may be a problem with how we measure weight.
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.
# Health
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.
# primary concern
One quarter of primary school children overweight (and 12 per cent saying 'no' to fruit)
Over 1,000 children were surveyed as part of a wide-ranging study carried out by UCC. Clear lifestyle differences were observed amongst children in the ‘overweight’ category.
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.
# Growing pains
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.
# food is not love
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.
# In Numbers
Ryanair, female bishops and obese kids: The week in numbers
Plus: how much money is the Government hoping to get from the sale of Bord Gais Energy?
# heavy work
Police in Japan bust overweight prostitution service
There’s a market for everything.
# Health issues
Poorer women more likely to be obese after childbirth
Lower household income, smoking and lower levels of breastfeeding are all contributory factors.
# United States
Man who weighs over 34 stone says he's too obese to be executed
Ohio death row inmate Ronald Post shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago.
# Health
Ireland faces diabetes epidemic
Thousands of Irish people are suffering from undiagnosed diabetes, according to the results of a VHI Healthcare screening project.