Obesity a 'ticking timebomb' in Louth
OBESITY is a ticking 'timebomb' for Louth, which has been classified as one of the worst six counties in Ireland for people with weight issues, according to Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick.
Responding to the report, the Dundalk TD called for a 'greater focus on healthy living in Louth'.
'The Irish Examiner report on health across the country did not make great reading for the people of Louth,' Deputy Fitzpatrick told the Argus.
The Louth TD said he has been working on the opening of an obesity clinic at the Louth Hospital.
'There is no hiding from the fact that obesity is a very real problem in Ireland and in Louth, but on the other hand there are also a host of clubs, groups and societies who take part in a range of different sports and these groups must be commended for the work they do.'
'As a sports fanatic myself, I believe we need to promote a healthy lifestyle and to encourage our children to get out and about from the very start.'
The former Louth GAA manager highlighted the launch last month of a Department of Health initiative 'Healthy Ireland' which is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people living now and for generations to come.
'This all encompassing approach is integral to delivering for the whole of the society.
'Obesity is not a problem that will be solved overnight, all of us need to take personal responsibilities for our families and from a government perspective, I am working for more supports for schools to promote healthy living for families.'
Deputy Fitzpatrick is also a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, which is focusing on specific issues including obesity.
He is currently preparing a 23 page report for submission to the committee, laying out a range of measures which could be introduced to tackle the issue across the country.