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Childhood obesity cures thin on the ground

WRITING in a newspaper yesterday, foodie Trevor White revealed the speech that he gave to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.

Trevor is, like myself, blessed with being "small boned", and because neither of us will ever be fat, it is easy to dismiss his calls for a more healthy lifestyle for Ireland's youth as being the smug ramblings of a skinny man, who doesn't have to deal with the daily battle that many face in trying to keep the pounds off. Like our very own Minister for Health James Reilly, for example.

But his draconian cures for childhood obesity, which involve better education, tougher guidelines on advertising, and even the way that shops highlight sugary, fatty foods, make a huge amount of sense. The cost to this country, both socially and financially, of allowing a generation to grow up unhealthily is almost incalculable. Just last week, a well-known Irish fast food chain were congratulating themselves for an award they received from Fox News Network, and claimed as their own invention their signature delicacy -- chips smothered in cheese and garlic.

Others have invented x-rays, pacemakers and penicillin. How about we raise the bar a bit in what we congratulate ourselves on?