March 2015
All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Tribunal rules obese employees in Northern Ireland can get disability rights - BBC News

'Focus on fitness not fatness' - BBC News

Fat map: largest genetic blueprint of obesity revealed - BBC News

Obesity damage to eggs may be reversible – NHS Choices

Universal access to physical activity could save billions in health costs – Medical News Today

Why activity trackers deliver mismatched fitness data – BBC News

Improving your fitness could improve the fitness of your spouse – Newswise
 Consumer Understanding of Food Portion Sizes


Consumers regard portion sizes as being relevant only to those dieting, more important to women and not an issue for men or younger adults, a new report from safefood published recently reveals. 

The research led by a team from the University of Ulster, found that using practical, everyday items like measuring cups and different sized spoons were seen by consumers as being helpful in managing their portion sizes. Occasions such as eating with friends or eating out presented a challenge when trying to control portion sizes. The report “Consumer understanding of food portion sizes” also found that food products with health or nutrition claims like "low fat" or "reduced fat" may also be contributing to weight gain, as many people assume these products are lower in calories than they really are and consume a larger portion

The research also revealed tips identified by consumers which they have found helpful in cutting down on their portion sizes – these included eating until satisfied (rather than full), filling up with water, vegetables or fruit and eating more slowly.
Latest reports and resources

Exercise – the miracle cure

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2015

WHO Guideline: Sugar intake for adult and children 

WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model

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