Irish children suffering obesity and preventable sickness
One in four primary school children - around 30,000 - are now overweight or obese across Ireland.
“The prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased with alarming speed over the past 20 years across the world. It is now described as a global epidemic and major public health problem throughout Europe. Most worrying of all is the fact that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Europe, with body weight now the most prevalent childhood disease. The Irish government has no choice but to work to prevent and treat this ‘disease’ and tackle the ‘toxic environment’ that simultaneously restricts activity and stimulates higher calorie intake”
Dr Sinead Murphy, consultant paediatrician, Temple Street Hospital.
As reported by The Independent on 15 April 2013.