Welcome to the August issue of
All-island Obesity News
This issue includes a look at the recently released Irish Sports Policy 2018 - 2027. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email obesityforum@safefood.eu
Sports Policy 2018 - 2027
Increase in participation is priority in National Sports Policy 2018 - 2027.

On June 25, the National Sports Policy 2018 - 2027 was launched in the Republic of Ireland. It was developed through an extensive public consultation process and collaboration with the sports sector. 
The main high level goals of the policy is to develop initiatives that will increase participation in sport from 43% to 50% by 2027. These initiatives will have a special focus on the socio-economically disadvantaged, women in sport and those with disabilities as these groups tend to have lower participation rates.
Running, swimming and cycling will be prioritised, as they are believed to "have the greatest potential for generating higher levels of active participation across the life course.
The document also sets out plans to develop education campaigns that will support teachers, parents and other guardians in their efforts to promote positive habits surrounding sport and physical activity in children.
In conjunction with the 'A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 - 2025' this policy will play an important role in promoting a healthier lifestyle in Ireland 
Read more about this here.
13 - 14 September | London, UK
14th Euro Obesity and Endocrinology Congress
18 September 2018 | Belfast, NI
Food for thought challenges and new approaches to addressing food poverty

1 - 4 October 2018 | Belfast, NI   
WHO International Healthy Cities Conference 

5 October 2018 | Dublin, Ireland 
Weight management and wellbeing: A focus on best weight
18 October 2018 | Belfast, NI
Weight Creating active and liveable environments - Enhancing the interface between research, policy and practise 

25 - 26 October 2018 | Budapest, Hungary
21st World Obesity Conference

Report 1 
Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools

Report 2 
Severe maternal morbidity in Ireland Annual report 2016
Weight management interventions 

Effects of intentional weight loss in patients with obesity and heart failure. (systematic review)
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Effect of a school-based activity tracker, companion social website, and text messaging intervention on exercise, fitness and physical activity self-efficacy of middle school students. (abstract) 
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The role of group cohesion in a group-based behavioural weight loss intervention. (abstract)
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The Cambridge Intensive Weight Management Programme appears to promote weight loss and reduce the need for bariatric surgery in obese adults. (full-text)
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Coaching parents may reduce child's obesity  
Record number of severely obese children

Irish Independent 
Obesity expert on 'landmark moment' as he treats 'unweighable' 50-stone patient 

The Irish Times  
Belly fat linked to cognitive impairment in older adults, study finds

The Guardian
One in every 25 in final year of primary school is acutely obese

The Irish Examiner  
Mothers fail to recognise obesity in their children, especially in daughters

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