Welcome to the March issue of
All-island Obesity News
This issue includes a look at the Healthy Weight for Children Framework report, published by the HSE. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email obesityforum@safefood.eu
Healthy Weight for Children (0-6 years) Framework
The HSE, on behalf of the Healthy Weight for Children Group, has published a new framework to provide strategic direction for a national and sustainable approach to facilitating healthy weight and the prevention of obesity in children aged 0-6 years in Ireland.
The framework has been produced with contributions from and in consultation with members of the National Healthy Weight Programme and the Healthy Eating and Active Living Programme's multidisciplinary Healthy Weight for Children Group. Members include representatives from the Department of Health, HSE, TUSLA, safefood, ​and academia.
Key findings include:
  • At age 3 years, 19% of children were overweight and a further 5% were obese. At age 5 years, 15% were overweight and 5% were obese. Gender differences were apparent at age 5 years, with 23% of girls vs. 18% of boys overweight or obese.
  • 10 key action areas have been identified as priorities for a successful and sustainable approach to facilitate healthy weight for all children in Ireland.
  • These actions include; leadership, life-course intervention, social marketing campaigns, population-based approaches, community-based interventions, monitoring, education, training and support, managing and planning.
  • The frameworks identifies set recommendations to tackle each action.
The report can be found here.
1-2 April 2019 | Dundee, UK  
Spring conference 2019: Inter-individual differences in the nutrition response: from research to recommendations
11 April 2019 | Belfast, NI
Association for the Study of Obesity NI Network & Division of Health Psychology NI Joint Symposium
28 April - 1 May 2019 | Glasgow, UK 
European Congress on Obesity
17 - 18 May 2019 | Dublin, IE 
7th Annual ASOI Conference & AGM 2019
Report 1
Growing Up in Ireland National Longitudinal Study- The lives of 5-year-olds - Read the report 
Report 2
Nuffield Trust - International comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood - Read the report
Report 3
WHO - Monitoring and restricting digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents - Read the report
Food in the Community  
Fast-food outlet availability and obesity: Considering variation by age and methodological diversity in 22,889 Yorkshire Health Study participants.
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Do fast food restaurants surrounding school affect childhood obesity?
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Food security and overweight/ obesity among 2 to 5 year old boys and girls in a community-based clinic.
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Fast-food offerings in the United States in 1986, 1991, and 2016 show large increase in food variety, portion size, dietary energy, and selected micronutrients.
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BBC News
London transport network junk food advert ban starts
Irish Examiner
Restaurants will be forced to print calories on their menus- says report
The Journal
Irish influencers 'must have evidence' to back up their Instagram claims about wellness products
Irish Times
Local authority accused of flouting 'no-fry zone' policy on fast food outlets
The Telegraph
Children face growing deluge of junk food ads online, public health experts warn
Irish News
Rise in diabetes linked to obesity
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