December 2015
All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Fewer obese children starting school, but third leave overweight – The Guardian

Pressure grows for 20% tax on sugary drinks to fight childhood obesity- The Guardian

UK must curb 2-for-1 food promotions to crack obesity epidemic – New Scientist

Coca-Coca Shuts Down Anti-Obesity Network But Still Teaches "Energy Balance" In Schools – Forbes

Obesity: Selling smaller food portions could solve crisis, say scientists – Independent

'Take portion sizes back to the 1950s to beat obesity,' say scientists who warn servings have ballooned – Mail Online

One in five children obese leaving primary school – BBC News

Personal factors like the way we metabolise food weigh heavily on obesity levels – Irish Examiner


Merry Christmas



We would like to wish all subscribers a very happy and healthy Christmas and best wishes for 2016.

All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop
The most recent workshop called ‘Changing environments, changing behaviours’ was held on the 10th November 2015 in the Gibson hotel in Dublin.
The workshop commenced with a welcome and introduction by Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, Director of Health and Human Nutrition at safefood. The event focussed on changing environments and changing behaviours to reduce obesity both nationally and globally.  Prof Ivan Perry commenced the presentations with a comprehensive overview of changing food related health behaviours in the workplace.
Ms Diane Glasgow presented on research being conducted in Northern Ireland to encourage healthy lifestyles through the family health initiative. Mr Kyle Ferguson then followed this up looking at a Field Labs project in Northern Ireland in which researchers have developed an interactive playground. He also looked at the products being developed by five partner countries to encourage physical activity.
Prof Simon Capewell joined us by Skype and presented on how we as health professionals can use our work to generate change. This focussed in particular on taxing sugar sweetened beverages, the evidence around this, the benefits and the additional resources it would generate which could possibly be ring fenced for health initiatives. Our final speaker, Dr Sorcha McKenna presented on which interventions are the most effective in terms of impact and cost effectiveness.
The workshop was attended by nearly 70 people and was supported by safefood and the Health Research Board. Great feedback was received from the delegates with expectations for the event being met or exceeded for the majority of respondent’s.  Presentations from the day are available at


Public Health England: Maternal Obesity

Public Health England: Local Authority Adult Excess Weight Prevalence Data

Department of Health: Health Behaviour in School Children


Physical Activity

Exercise as medicine - evidence for prescribing exercise as therapy in 26 different chronic diseases

Dog walking among adolescents: Correlates and contribution to physical activity

Concurrent and aerobic exercise training promote similar benefits in body composition and metabolic profiles in obese adolescents

Combined association of fitness and central adiposity with health-related quality of life in healthy Men: a cross-sectional study


Validity of the Stages of Change in Steps instrument (SoC-Step) for achieving the physical activity goal of 10,000 steps per day

Obese persons' physical activity experiences and motivations across weight changes: a qualitative exploratory study

Impact of physical activity during pregnancy on obstetric outcomes in obese women

Dutch Young Adults Ratings of Behavior Change Techniques Applied in Mobile Phone Apps to Promote Physical Activity: A Cross-Sectional Survey


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