Welcome to the April issue of
All-island Obesity News
This issue includes a look at the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) report in Northern Ireland. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email obesityforum@safefood.eu
National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) Report for Northern Ireland
National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS RP): Results for Years 5 to 9 (combined) and time trend and income analysis Years 1 to 9          
The Food Standards Agency have published the results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) for Northern Ireland. The NDNS is a continuous cross-sectional survey designed to assess diet, nutrient intake and nutritional status of the general population aged over 1.5 years and over living in private households. The Northern Ireland boost is co- funded by the Northern Ireland Steering Group which comprises of three partners: the Department of Health (DoH); safefood (Food Safety Promotion Board) and the FSA in NI. The results shown are for Years 5 to 9 (2012/13 - 2016/17) (combined) and time trend and income analysis Years 1 to 9 (2008/09 - 2016/17).
Key findings from the survey include:
  • Consumption of 5 a Day fruit and vegetable portions was below the recommendation in all age/ sex groups.
  • Intakes of free sugars exceeded the recommendation of no more than 5% of total energy from free sugars in all age/ sex groups. 
  • Average daily consumption of red and processed meat for men aged 19 - 64 years exceeded the current maximum recommendation for adults by 19g.
  • For all age/ sex groups, average intakes of saturated fatty acids exceeded the current recommendation of no more than 11% of food energy providing 12.7- 13.3% of food energy for children aged 4 years upwards and 13.3- 14.0% for adults.
  • Average consumption of oily fish was equivalent to 7- 15g per week in children and 30- 60g per week in adults, well below the recommended 1 portions (140g) per week.
  • For AOAC fibre, average intakes were 9.9g for children aged 1.5 to 3 years, 12.9g for those aged 4 to 10 years and 14.6g for children aged 11 to 18 years. Intakes of AOAC fibre were 17.3- 17.6g for adults. Overall, 94- 98% of the population were not meeting the recommendations.
The report can be found here.
28 April - 1 May 2019 | Glasgow, Scotland  
European Congress on Obesity
17 - 18 May 2019 | Dublin, IE  
7th Annual ASOI Conference & AGM 2019
13 June 2019 | Galway, IE 
Health Promotion Annual Conference 2019
15 - 18 October 2019 | Dublin, IE 
13th European Nutrition Conference
Children's rights, children's weight: Save the date
Safefood are delighted to announce the collaboration with the ASOI (Association for the Study of Obesity Ireland) and ASOUK (Association for the study of Obesity United Kingdom) on their next obesity forum workshop #obesityforum, which will be held in Belfast on Tuesday 11th of June, 2019.
For more information about this event, visit: www.safefood.eu/events or email: events@safefood.eu
Report 1
Cancer Research UK - Paying the price: New evidence on the link between price promotions, purchasing of less healthy food and drink, and overweight and obesity in Great Britain
Report 2
Institute of Public Health - Consultation on the development of a Healthy Workplaces Framework for Ireland 2018
Report 3
Department of Health Northern Ireland - Health Inequalities Annual Report 2019
Blatant dehumanization of people with obesity
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Media framing of childhood obesity: a content analysis of UK newspapers from 1996- 2014
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Interventions promoting active transport to school children: A systematic review and meta-analysis
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The combination of physical activity and sedentary behaviours modifies the genetic predisposition to obesity
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Global benchmarking of children's exposure to television advertising of unhealthy foods and beverages across 22 countries
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Health effect of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990- 2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
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Examining relationships between overweight identification, dieting behaviours, and body measurements over time
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Irish Times

Obesity myths and the harms they cause
Irish Examiner
Reduced price Easter eggs fuelling childhood obesity
BBC News
Parents being misled over kids' snacks, says child health expert
Independent UK
Exercise during pregnancy protects children from obesity, study finds
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