NewsTag: Obesity

The treat trap: How food giants invented the perfect formula to keep you addicted to snacks

Monday 18th February 2019 - Tome Morrissy-Swan - Irish Indepenedent

Barely a week goes by without an alarming statistic regarding obesity surfacing. The latest concerns the "shocking" rise of obesity-related cancers among young adults, with cancers of the bowel, pancreas and kidney now growing quickest in those aged between 25 and 49. And yesterday brought alarmin... Read more →

HSE plans surgery for obese children

Friday 5th January 2018 - Fiona Dillon - Irish Independent

Preparations have begun to allow weight-loss surgery for obese children and teenagers to take place at the new National Children's Hospital, the country's top obesity expert has revealed. The HSE's clinical lead for obesity, Professor Donal O'Shea, said that gastric band surgery was desperate... Read more →

One-third of global population now overweight

Wednesday 14th June 2017 - John von Radowitz - Irish Independent

Almost a third of adults and children around the world are overweight, a study has found. Many are at risk of potentially fatal diseases despite not being classified as obese, say researchers. Of four million deaths attributed to excess body weight in 2015, 40pc were cases in which body mass index ... Read more →

Obesity should be defined as chronic disease

Monday 15th May 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity should be defined as a chronic disease, the World Obesity Federation has said. The question of whether obesity should be referred to as a disease has been a topic of contention for many years now. However, the federation has published a statement in the medical journal, Obesity Reviews... Read more →

Early obesity linked to liver problems later on

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Males who are overweight or obese as teenagers may face an increased risk of developing severe liver problems later in life, a new study has found. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems worldwide and around one billion people are projected to be obese by 2030 if things continue as... Read more →

All screen time should be limited

Thursday 15th December 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

It is already well established that children who watch too much television have an increased risk of becoming obese. However, a new study has found similar concerns when it comes to other screens, such as smartphones and tablets. According to US researchers, there have been many studies that have a... Read more →

New action plan to tackle obesity

Friday 23rd September 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new action plan to target Ireland's growing obesity problem has been launched by the Department of Health. Currently in Ireland, six in 10 adults and one in four children are overweight or obese and this costs the country around €1 billion per year. Carrying excess weight significantly incre... Read more →

Early bedtime for toddlers cuts risk of obesity

Monday 8th August 2016 - Sarah Slater - Irish Health

Earlier bedtimes for toddlers leads to lower numbers of obese teenagers, a leading sleep expert claims. Putting children to bed early, not only staves off crankiness, but it also prevents preschoolers becoming teens with unhealthy weights. Now, the first study on the issue backs up what Iris... Read more →

Obesity costs Europe billions

Friday 20th May 2016 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Obesity will have a ‘devastating' impact on healthcare costs and productivity throughout Europe unless it is urgently tackled, the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has warned. It made its comments in the wake of several international reports, which show that the number of ... Read more →

15 facts about obesity

Tuesday 27th October 2015 - Ailin Quinlan - Irish Independent

As Ireland looks set to be the fattest nation in Europe, we are all looking for ways to fight the flab. But where do we start? We talk to Ireland's foremost obesity expert Professor Donal O'Shea to separate fact from fad. 1 The Energy-in, Energy-Out formula isn't as simple as you think Eat less an... Read more →

Most Irish adults not exercising enough

Thursday 8th October 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Healthtest

Just one-third of Irish people get enough exercise and only one-quarter eat enough fruit and vegetables, a major new survey has found. According to the first national survey on the nation's health since the SLÁN survey in 2007, while overweight and obesity figures appear to have stabilised i... Read more →

A healthy weight may delay Alzheimer's onset

Friday 18th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

Maintaining a healthy weight during middle age may delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. While obesity is known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, until now, it has been unclear whether it also affects the age at onset of the disease. Researchers decid... Read more →

Bigger portions make us eat more

Thursday 17th September 2015 - Deborah Condon - Irish Health

A new study has confirmed what has long been suspected - if you are served bigger portions of food, you will consistently consume more. Overeating is known to increase the risk of a number of diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. However until now, it has been unclear what im... Read more →

Surgery can radically reduce obesity’s effects, study finds

Wednesday 26th August 2015 - Muiris Houston - Irish Times

Thousands of Irish patients could have their life expectancy significantly increased and chronic diseases reversed following obesity surgery, new research suggests. In a paper to be presented in early September researchers at Galway university hospital and the Galway Clinic followed 118 m... Read more →

Obese people 'unlikely' to reach normal weight

Monday 20th July 2015 - Deborah Condon -

An obese man has only a one in 210 chance of ever achieving a normal weight again, while an obese woman has a one in 124 chance, a new study has found. UK researchers tracked the weight of almost 280,000 people between 2004 and 2014. They assessed the probability of obese people reaching a normal b... Read more →

Obesity in pregnancy a major risk

Friday 29th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

A new study involving Irish scientists has highlighted the increased risks pregnant women face if they are obese. According to the findings, global rates of maternal obesity are now at epidemic proportions and these women, along with their babies, face a range of health risks. Maternal obesity ref... Read more →

Many unaware obesity is as bad as smoking

Friday 15th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity can reduce life expectancy as much as smoking, but most people are unaware of this, a new study has shown. In fact throughout Europe, there are widespread misconceptions about obesity and the damage it can cause. The study, Obesity: An underestimated threat, involved over 14,000 people in ... Read more →

Parents think overweight kids 'about right'

Friday 8th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Most parents perceive their overweight children to be ‘about the right weight', a new study has found. This week, new figures from the World Health Organization predicted that if things do not change, Ireland is on course to become the fattest country in Europe, with almost all adults being o... Read more →

9 in 10 will be overweight/obese by 2030

Wednesday 6th May 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Almost nine in 10 people in Ireland are expected to be overweight or obese by 2030, new figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) have revealed.According to the figures, if things do not change, Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe.The figures, which have not yet been published, w... Read more →

People urged to reduce sugar intake

Thursday 5th March 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing to people to reduce the amount of sugar they are consuming. A new guideline from the WHO recommends that both adults and children should reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, while reducing to below 5... Read more →

World eating more unhealthy foods

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The consumption of unhealthy foods, such as sugar-sweetened drinks and processed meats, is outpacing the consumption of healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, in most parts of the world, a major new study has found. This marks the first study to assess the quality of diet in 187 countries cov... Read more →

Response to obesity 'unacceptably slow'

Thursday 19th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

The global obesity epidemic is not being tackled effectively, experts have said. According to their claims, which are published in The Lancet medical journal, childhood obesity rates have jumped significantly in less than a generation and while these rates have started to level off in some countrie... Read more →

Irish need to cut down on portions

Monday 16th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Irish people need to cut down on the portion sizes of most foods they are eating, a new report has found. According to the report by Safefood, many consumers believe that portion sizes are only relevant to people who are dieting, and are not an issue at all for men or younger adults. Furthermore, ... Read more →

Oesophageal cancer risk for overweight kids

Friday 6th February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Children who are overweight may have an increased risk of developing cancer of the oesophagus (food pipe) later in life, a new study has found. Researchers in Denmark analysed the health records of over 255,000 school children who were born between 1930 and 1971. The height and weight of these chil... Read more →

Pre-pregnancy health linked to child obesity risk

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 - Deborah Condon -

Women who improve their health before they become pregnant could reduce their child's risk of becoming obese later in life, a new study indicates. There is already a growing body of evidence that suggests that a child's life in the womb and soon after birth can affect their risk of obesity. While s... Read more →

Flu now 'actively circulating'

Friday 16th January 2015 - Deborah Condon -

While flu levels are still relatively low, there has been an increase in cases over the last week and the illness is now ‘actively circulating in the community', the HSE has warned. It is urging people who are at risk to get themselves vaccinated as soon as possible, despite concerns about th... Read more →

Irish teens face heart disease and infertility as obesity crisis grows

Wednesday 7th January 2015 - Mark O'Regan -

Obesity in young girls could mean they will find it impossible to have a baby later in life. Being seriously overweight can bring on early puberty, as well as lead to a range of infertility problems. Complications with the reproductive system, as well as health problems affecting the liver and pan... Read more →

Not enough sleep ups kids' obesity risk

Thursday 11th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Children who do not get enough sleep or who have sleep-related breathing problems may have an increased risk of becoming obese by the age of 15, a new study suggests.According to US researchers, in recent years, ‘lack of sleep has become a well-recognised risk for childhood obesity'. Sleep-dis... Read more →

Obesity cuts life expectancy by 8 years

Friday 5th December 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity may shorten a person's life expectancy by up to eight years and deprive them of almost two decades of healthy life, a new study has found.According to Canadian scientists, obesity-related type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are to blame.They created a disease-stimulation model to esti... Read more →

Obesity a major risk factor for cancer

Thursday 27th November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Overweight and obesity have become major risk factors for cancer, causing almost half a million new cases of the disease worldwide every year, a new study has found. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cancer caused by excess weight is currently much more common in ... Read more →

Obesity costs $2 trillion a year

Friday 21st November 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obesity costs the world almost the same amount of money as smoking and costs significantly more than alcoholism, researchers have claimed. According to a new research paper by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), more than 2.1 billion people - 30% of the world's population - are now overweight or o... Read more →

Obesity speeds up ageing of liver

Tuesday 21st October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Scientists have discovered that obesity greatly accelerates ageing of the liver, which could explain why obese people have a greater risk of developing many age-related diseases, such as liver cancer. According to Prof Steve Horvath of UCLA in the US, while it has long been suspected that obesity c... Read more →

GPs, patients must face up to obesity

Monday 13th October 2014 - Deborah Condon -

GPs have to get over their awkwardness when it comes to bringing up the topic of childhood obesity with patients and their families, a Dublin GP has said. However, according to Dr John Latham, while many GPs continue to feel uncomfortable about raising this topic during consultations, patients and ... Read more →

Obesity ups blood pressure risk in kids

Friday 5th September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

Obese children are almost six times more likely to develop high blood pressure compared to their healthy-weight peers, a new study has shown. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, causes silent damage to the blood vessels and the heart. If left untreated, this damage progresses over time... Read more →

'Drastic' action needed to tackle obesity

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 - Deborah Condon -

An estimated 90% of people in Ireland will be obese by 2030 unless drastic action is taken, experts have warned. Currently, two in three adults and one in four children in Ireland are overweight or obese and children are particularly vulnerable to the advertising and marketing campaigns used by var... Read more →

Taxpayers spent €3million on procedures for morbidly obese people in last five years

Monday 18th August 2014 - Brian McDonald - Irish Mirror

Around 345 people have had surgery since 2009. Taxpayers are having to tighten their belts so overweight patients can tighten theirs, figures have revealed. Almost €3million was spent performing surgical procedures for morbid obesity over the past five years. The operations are designed to en... Read more →

The shape we're in: Facts about Irish obesity

Monday 28th July 2014 - Kathy Donaghy - Independent

As a nation, we're getting fatter to the point of a crisis. It's especially prevalent among older people, according to a new report. The obesity time bomb is no longer just ticking - it has exploded with new evidence showing that a massive four out of the over-50s in this country are now overweight ... Read more →

Eating as a family lowers obesity risk research finds

Thursday 12th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

CHILDREN who eat breakfast and dinner with parents are less likely to be overweight than those who do not. But children who eat lunch with their parents are more likely to be overweight, research presented to the European Congress on Obesity revealed. The new study, named Energy, covered eight Eur... Read more →

Weighing the facts: A frightening epidemic in numbers

Monday 9th June 2014 - Independent - Independent

28pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for adults between 1980 and 2013 47pc - Surge in worldwide obesity and overweight rates for children between 1980 and 2013 26.5pc - Irish girls under the age of 20 who are overweight or obese 26.6pc - Irish boys under th... Read more →

Too much light in bed can raise obesity risk

Thursday 29th May 2014 - John Von Radowitz - Independent

Sleeping with too much light in the room increases the risk of obesity in women, research has shown. Greater exposure to light at night raised both Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist size in more than 113,000 women taking part in the British study, scientists found. The Breakthrough Generations Study... Read more →

Doctors told to start recording obesity as a cause of death

Friday 23rd May 2014 - Eilish O'Regan - Independent

DOCTORS have been told they need to record obesity on more death certificates – with one in four people now classed in the weight category. Dr John Ryan, a histopathologist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, said obesity is being under-recorded and should be listed if a co... Read more →