Sunday , July 25 2021

Fianna Fáil: Childhood obesity is likely to rise without State intervention

Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs has warned that childhood obesity in Ireland is likely to rise without State intervention.

Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee says it is a lower-socio-economic environment that is a problem from getting worse.

It follows the latest Growing Up in Ireland study released earlier this week which found that 22% of Irish nine-year olds are overweight or obese.

The study, conducted by ESRI and Trinity College Dublin, was found that only a quarter of a year-old recommended level of physical activity is at least 60 minutes every day.

The surveys, tracks more than 7,500 children and their families, indicated that most children were a healthy weight but 17% were overweight and 5% were obese.

Senator Clifford-Lee also said parents must set an example and take responsibility to encourage children to make healthy choices.

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