Welcome to the May issue of
All-Island Obesity News
This issue includes a look at supermarket spend data in ROI and NI. If you would like to submit an item for inclusion in this newsletter please email obesityforum@safefood.eu
"Treats" vs. Fruit and Vegetables
Families on the island of Ireland spending more on "treat" foods than on fruit and vegetables.
New purchasing data has been released to coincide with the latest phase of START, the five-year public health awareness campaign from safefood, the Department of Health, the Public Health Agency, HSE and Healthy Ireland.
The research focused on the spend over the last year on treats and fruit and vegetables. It includes shopping taken home from the supermarket and doesn’t account for convenience / on-the go purchases in outlets such as garage forecourts, cafes, cinemas etc.
The campaign is encouraging families to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle for their children by supporting them to start with one daily win.
Read more about this research in the Republic of Ireland here and in Northern Ireland here.
29 - 31 May 2018 |  Belfast, NI
Belfast summit on global food integrity (ASSET 2018)
7 June 2018 | Galway, Ireland
Participation and empowerment for health service users: strengthening the circle 
12 June 2018 | Belfast, NI
Nudge, nudge: making the healthier choice the easier choice
18 - 19 June 2018 | Leeds, UK
6th Annual weight stigma conference
20 - 22 June 2018 | Coleraine, NI

Targeted approaches to tackling current nutritional issues
27 June 2018 | Belfast, NI
Make it Count - Paediatric obesity awareness day
6 - 7 September 2018 | Newcastle, UK
 5th  UK Congress on Obesity
18 September 2018 | Belfast, NI
Food for thought: Challenges and new approaches to addressing food poverty
Report 1
Special Eurobarometer 472: Sport and physical activity - Read the report
Report 2 
Using dietary intake modelling to achieve population salt reduction - A guide to developing a country-specific salt reduction model (2018) - Read the report
Report 3 
Walking and Cycling to/from Work in Northern Ireland 2016/17 - Read the report
Sugar-sweetened drinks 

Are sweet snacks more sensitive to price increases than sugar-sweetened beverages: analysis of British food purchase data. (full-text)
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Sleep patterns and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among children from around the world (abstract)
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Sugar-sweetened beverage, obesity, and type-2 diabetes in children and adolescents: policies, taxation, and programs (abstract)
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Exposure to liquid sweetness in early childhood: artificially‐sweetened and sugar‐sweetened beverage consumption at 4–5 years and risk of overweight and obesity at 7–8 years (full-text)
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The Irish Independent
€30m sugar tax won't be ring-fenced to fight obesity 'time bomb'
The Irish Examiner
Obesity expert calls for weight screening in schools
The Irish Times
The sugar tax: questions and answers
The Irish Independent
This is how the Dutch are tackling childhood obesity