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# Overweight

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
Energy drinks contain up to 17 spoons of sugar and twice as much caffeine as an espresso
Overall energy drinks manufacturers have reduced the sugar content in their products since the sugar tax was introduced.
# Obesity
Children who watch extra junk food adverts consume more calories
The catchier the ad, the more effective.
# Growing up in Ireland
Being overweight or obese is 'major health problem', particularly among children from low-income families
A study has also found that boys are more likely than girls to find school difficult.
# Bariatric surgery
This surgery could help solve Ireland's obesity crisis and save the country billions
A group of doctors say that, for many people, prevention methods are already too late and other interventions are needed.
# global study
Ireland fares poorly on alcohol use, child sex abuse and suicide rate
We come 20th out of 188 countries evaluated in a new international health study.
# Get Active
Children with TVs in their bedroom far more likely to be overweight, study finds
Researchers examined the lifestyles of over 12,000 children in the UK.
# Stigma
'It's not an easy way out': Is surgery the way to help solve Ireland's obesity crisis?
Surgical intervention saves the State in the long-term from healthcare costs associated with obesity, say doctors.
# childhood obesity
Ireland still 'on course to become the most obese nation in Europe'
A new survey has found that at least one in five children are overweight or obese.
# Diet
Sugar-free drinks won't help you lose weight
New research says there is no solid evidence to support claims the drinks help prevent obesity.
A snapshot of Irish health: Over half of us are overweight (and a lot of us binge drink)
According to new figures from the CSO, almost one in five of us binge drink at least once a week.
# shedding the pounds
Your immune system might be making you fat, major new Irish research suggests
“It is too simplistic to say eat less, move more and the weight will come off,” said lead researcher Professor Donal O’Shea.
# Research
There may not be such thing as a "healthy obese"
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, affecting approximately 600 million people worldwide.
# Cork
Blind woman 'heartbroken' after guide dog was taken away for being overweight
The Irish Guide Dogs said they hope to reunite the pair once the dog loses weight.
# 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.
'We need to educate children about food that doesn’t come from a packet'
The battle in Marino over pear trees is an example of how we need to think outside the box when it comes to food education, writes Ross Golden-Bannon.
Overweight people should pay more tax. Others can't pay for our folly
Operation Transformation is not fat-shaming. We can’t mollycoddle to spare people’s feelings, writes Aaron McKenna.
# fat cops
Malaysia has stopped promoting overweight police officers
Police will now have to pass a fitness test before they can rise up the ranks.
'Overweight bellies are an easy landing pad for people like Katie Hopkins and unthinking politicians'
Hatred for overweight people often borders on sadistic and the body-shaming cards handed out on the London tube prove it, writes Lorraine Courtney.
# 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.
# Obesity
Scottish people are getting too big to be cremated
Funeral homes have to order larger coffins.
# unhappy meals
Should we ban giving away free toys with fast food?
A TD says Ireland should follow San Francisco’s lead on the issue.
The food sector wants to sell us more for greater profits – but we need to consume less
For the first time in human history our biggest killers are not pathogens, at least in the Western world, but illnesses created by poor diet and the drive to consume more calories.
# fitness tests
Police chief tells overweight officers: You shouldn't be 'waddling down the road'
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said officers should lose weight or else risk losing their jobs.
# Modern Life
Our kids are being kept awake by smartphones and tablets - and it's making them fat
Parents are being urged to make kids’ bedrooms ‘screen-free zones’.
# Overweight
Obese people less likely to develop dementia
New research shows people with a higher BMI are less likely to develop the condition.
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.
# weighty issue
Here's why overweight people are sharing doctor stories on Twitter
An article in the British Medical Journal has kicked off a massive discussion on the way doctors treat fat people.
# 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.
Opinion: 'Poor people can't cook' remark caused outrage – but consider the facts behind the headlines
Is a quick and cheap story about a rich woman talking down to poor people easier to stomach than the truth?
# 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.
Opinion: Are we addicted to certain foods?
Treat foods are designed to be attractive to all our senses – and that’s a powerful lure, even for the strong-willed among us.
# 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.
# jumbo dumbo
Junk in that trunk: The weight problem facing elephants
It’s not as funny as it sounds.
# childhood obesity
Should daily exercise be mandatory in schools?
Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has said that if schools devote 30 minutes a day to exercise, it could “make a big difference for generations to come” in terms of obesity.
# 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.
# Man Up
How to tackle male obesity? Laughter, diet and being around other men
The research found that changing diet alone can lose more weight than doing more exercise.