Saturday 1 October 2016

'I thought I was curvaceous, but I'm obese' - minister

Published 02/06/2016 | 02:30

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke
Marcella Corcoran Kennedy outside Leinster House Photo: Tom Burke

A new junior health minister has revealed that she used think she was "curvaceous" but now realises she is actually obese.

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Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who has responsibility for health promotion, also told the Dáil of death threats she received during the election.

She described it as a "sad fact" that one in four children are obese and more than half of adults are overweight. "It's something that I'm going to have to look into my heart about. I used to think I was curvaceous, but now I'm told I'm actually obese so I better do something about it," she said.

Ms Corcoran Kennedy said she would encourage people to eat better food and cut down on alcohol and tobacco.

In a separate contribution to a debate on mental health, the first-time minister warned that the word 'bullying' was losing its impact because some people were using it in a "facetious" way.

The Offaly TD went on to describe how her life was threatened on social media.

"I don't believe that the person who threatened me had any intention of carrying anything out, but at the same time it wasn't a very nice thing to think that there was a man somewhere in the country that thought the world would be a better place without me in it."

She added: "That's actually just a horrible thing to take in as a public representative and as a citizen of this country.

"It's entirely wrong that that type of behaviour from adults is tolerated because we wouldn't tolerate it from children in the playground."

Irish Independent

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