Friday 9 December 2016

Fattest nation in Europe by 2030? Government to launch Ireland’s first ever national physical activity plan

Geraldine Gittens

Published 13/01/2016 | 17:04

Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe by 2030.
Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe by 2030.

The Government will launch Ireland’s first ever national physical activity plan tomorrow in the hope of getting thousands more people exercising every year.

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Ireland is set to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 2030, the proportion of obese and overweight men in Ireland is projected to rise to 89pc with a corresponding 85pc of women falling into this category.

Ireland's first ever national physical activity plan will be launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, and Minister of State for Mental Health, Primary Care and Social Care (Disabilities and Older People) Kathleen Lynch.

On Monday, RTE's documentary Sugar Crash presented by Dr Eva Ormond revealed the extent of Ireland's love affair with sugar.

Some 100 Irish children go to hospital every week because of sugar-rotted teeth (the sole cause of decay).

Ireland was the thinnest country in Europe after WWII, when putting on weight was naturally seen as good thing. However, we could be on track to become the fattest nation in Europe by 2030.

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