June 2015

All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Obesity in adolescence linked to bowel cancer risk, says study - BBC News

'Mealtime battles' against childhood obesity- BBC News

To combat obesity, let your doctor count your daily steps – Horizon magazine

Give Obesity the Tobacco Treatment - Bloomberg View

'Soda Tax' can cut projected 5.4 million euro obesity bill - Irish Medical Times

School ‘no fry zones’ urged to tackle childhood obesity - Irish Examiner
 Intervening to Reduce Obesity

The latest All-Island Obesity Action Forum Workshop was held on the 3rd June in the Stormont hotel in Belfast. 72 delegates attended the workshop which focussed on interventions to reduce obesity both nationally and globally.  

Dr Jacob Seidell from the University of Amsterdam commenced the presentations with a comprehensive overview of the JOGG programme in the Netherlands.
Dr Brendan O’Shea presented on research being undertaken in GP practises to determine the acceptability of weighing children as a routine part of a n appointment. Dr Joanne McClean then followed this up looking at a pilot study in Northern Ireland in which GPs referred patients into commercial weight loss programmes. Ms Fiona Gilligan looked at the social movement generated by the TV show Operation Transformation.
Our final speaker, Ms Amy Davies presented on an initiative in four European countries where youth developed social media campaigns to encourage their peers to adopt healthier lifestyles. The afternoon finished with a discussion chaired by Mr Gerry McIlwee where questions from the floor were addressed by our speakers.

The event was a success and we have received  very positive feedback from those who attended. All presentations are now available on our events page.

The next workshop will be held in Dublin on the 10th November. More details will be circulated on in the coming months.
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