July 2017
All-island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Soaring obesity could see millenials die at a younger age than their parents - the Telegraph

Obese women more likely to have babies with serious birth defects, says study - the Guardian

TVs in the bedroom linked to childhood obesity, study finds - the Guardian

Sugary cereals named and shamed by Liverpool health bosses - BBC News

Being overweight - not just obese - kills millions a year, says experts - the Guardian

Language change urged to fight obesity stigma - the Irish Examiner

Workers sit to the point of exhaustion - the Times

Stigma in obesity - a public health priority?

The latest All-island obesity action forum conference was held in the NICVA centre in Belfast on the 20th of June. 

Dr Eric Robinson from the University of Liverpool discussed the consequences of weight based stigma. Dr Aoife Brinkley from Temple Street Children’s University Hospital described the experiences of obesity stigma in children. Mr Sven Schubert a patient representative for the Association of the Study of Obesity on the island of Ireland gave his personal account of experiencing weight stigma throughout his life.

Dr Judy Swift from the University of Nottingham looked at communicating obesity in a non-stigmatizing manner. The conference was closed by Dr Caroline Heary from the National University of Ireland, Galway who discussed key learnings from stigma in mental health. 

The presentations are available online here.


In June safefood launched MediaWise, a free educational resource to help teach primary school children about the media and advertising. The resource is an 8-week programme suitable for primary school children of all ages.

Primary schools can access a free copy of MediaWise online from September 2017 by visiting the MediaWise

Save the date
The next All-island Obesity Action Forum workshop will take place on the 14th of November 2017 in Dublin.


If you would like to submit any information for inclusion in this e-bulletin please email us at obesityforum@safefood.eu. Minutes of Forum meetings, events and further details about the Forum can be accessed on the All-island Obesity Action Forum webpage.
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