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'In outlining the many determinants of obesity in the introduction, no mention is made of excessive consumption of unhealthy food'. Stock photo: Getty

'In outlining the many determinants of obesity in the introduction, no mention is made of excessive consumption of unhealthy food'. Stock photo: Getty

'In outlining the many determinants of obesity in the introduction, no mention is made of excessive consumption of unhealthy food'. Stock photo: Getty

At a time of unprecedented crisis in bariatric services nationally because of a lack of leadership, strategy and resources, the 'Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016' was eagerly awaited by many. However, Health Minister Simon Harris's assertion at the launch that it was a "really important" step was true for all the wrong reasons.

The document is another step - backwards - from meaningful implementation of clinically proven, cost-effective interventions like bariatric surgery for severely obese patients, who are treading water in services that are not fit for purpose.


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