December 2016
All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Curbs on junk food ads No 1 priority in fighting childhood obesity, says study - The Guardian

Half of fizzy drinks have more sugar in one can than adult daily limit - The Guardian

Children from poorer areas 'significantly' more likely to be obese - The Irish Times

Cash to tackle childhood obesity slashed more in Glasgow than anywhere in Scotland - Evening Times

Childhood obesity linked to irregular sleep and skipping breakfast - The Irish Times

Bathtub of sugary drinks a year: cancer warning over teenage intake - The Guardian

How your low-calorie drink is making you fat - The Independent

Obesity alters brain structure and function - The Guardian 

The obesity epidemic is an economic issue - The Guardian

Yo-yo weight gain driven by gut bacteria's 'memory' of obesity, says study - The Guardian

Plans cut to withdraw benefits from obese - BBC News

Happy Christmas

We would like to wish all subscribers a very happy and healthy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.   
All-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop

The most recent workshop called 'The role of appetite in obesity' was held on the 8th of November 2016 in the Spencer hotel, Dublin.
The workshop commenced with a welcome and introduction by Mr Ray Dolan, CEO at safefood. The event focussed on the role of biology, eating behaviour and the environment on what we eat. Professor Jason Halford commenced the event with a comprehensive overview of the biological, psychological and environmental triggers of eating behaviour.
Dr Clare Llewellyn presented on the genetic influences on appetite and children’s nutrition. Dr Mary McCarthy followed this with a look at habit and unconscious food behaviours. Dr Faye Powell took us through family environmental influences on children’s eating behaviour and appetite. This was followed up by Dr David Stensel who presented on exercise and appetite regulation. Our final speaker Professor Kees de Graaf presented on how taste, texture and energy density affect satiation and energy intake.
The workshop was attended by over 90 people and was supported by safefood, the Association for the Study of Obesity (UK) and the Association for the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland. Presentations from the day are available here.

Launch of Ireland's second Physical Activity Report Card on Children and Youth
The Institute of Public Health (IPH) was a member of the working group which recently produced Ireland’s second physical activity report card Are our kids moving with the times? The report card is seen internationally as a vital tool for practitioners and policy makers to identify key needs and gaps, allocate funds and develop activity promotion initiatives. Ireland’s Report Card which includes data from both the Republic and Northern Ireland was launched at the International Congress on Physical Activity, Bangkok on November 16th along with 37 other report cards from countries around the world. The report card collates available data related to children's physical activity levels and 'grades' the evidence using a grading system just like a school report card i.e. A to F or inconclusive/incomplete if there are not enough data available yet. Overall physical activity levels showed a slight improvement from D- to D since the 2014 report while schools slipped from C- to D. The full and summary reports can be accessed here.

Tackling food marketing to children in a digital world: trans-disciplinary perspectives (2016)

The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) in the Republic of Ireland: Descriptives of childhood obesity risk factors

Department of Health NI: Health Survey (NI) First Results 2015/2015

The 2016 Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth


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