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Childhood obesity, a father’s view: ‘Having been in the system, it doesn’t feel like we treat obesity as a complex condition – meanwhile our child feels harassed’

Dealing with the multi-faceted disease, one father gives his view and suggests system changes that need to happen in health, policy, education and even town planning to tackle the increase in cases

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A number of societal changes need to be considered to tackle childhood obesity

A number of societal changes need to be considered to tackle childhood obesity

Convenience stores offer whole aisles of confectionery and fizzy drinks

Convenience stores offer whole aisles of confectionery and fizzy drinks

A number of societal changes need to be considered to tackle childhood obesity

A number of societal changes need to be considered to tackle childhood obesity

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A number of societal changes need to be considered to tackle childhood obesity

Another month, another publication from the World Health Organization (WHO), announcing that Ireland needs to get a grip on childhood obesity. We rank nine out of 53 countries for obesity among five to nine-year-olds, and tenth for 10 to 19-year-olds.

The WHO has pointed out that obesity is a multifactorial disease requiring policy interventions to help tackle the environmental factors which can be the catalyst for those predisposed to obesity to gain weight.


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