February 2017
All-island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

How the world got fat: a visualisation of global obesity over 40 years - The Guardian

Britain's booming restaurant culture fuels record childhood obesity levels - The Telegraph

Parents should enforce 'no seconds' policy at mealtimes to prevent child obesity - The Telegraph

Evidence hints at asthma-obesity link as frequency increases in children: Study - The Food Navigator

Media has grossly overestimated level of obesity - The Irish Times

Free soda: France bans unlimited sugary drinks refill - BBC News


Healthy Food for Life


In December, “Healthy Food for Life” was launched by the Department of Health in response to the Obesity Policy and Action Plan which was released a few months prior. Healthy Food for Life consists of the updated Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid.

Healthy Food for Life is a practical resource for the general population (5 years of age and over) in Ireland and its aim is to provide people with the nutrition advice needed to achieve a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
A few of the main changes to this resource include:

  • The Vegetables, Salad and Fruit shelf is now the largest shelf in the Pyramid, with the recommended servings being 5 – 7. This move is to encourage people to base their meals around these foods.
  • In the Wholemeal Cereals and Breads, Potatoes, Pasta and Rice shelf, the recommended amount of servings are now tailored according to gender and activity. As well as this, there is an emphasis on choosing wholemeal and wholegrain varieties.
  • In the Milk, Yoghurt and Cheese shelf, the recommended servings are now tailored according to age, and there is more of a focus on choosing reduced fat or law-fat varieties.
  • The “top shelf” has been split from the pyramid so as to encourage people to limit their intake of high fat, salt and sugar containing foods to once or twice a week.
  • Nutritionally analysed meal plans now accompany the new Healthy Eating Guidelines which allow users to visualise what they should be typically eating in a day.

A number of resources are available to support the updated guidelines and can be found here.       



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