A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan
On the 22nd of September, the Irish Government launched "A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025". The ten-year plan was launched in response to the rising levels of obesity in the Republic of Ireland, with 1 in 4 children and 6 in 10 adults being overweight or obese.
The policy sets out what are known as the "Ten Steps Forward", which aim at reversing the current obesity trend while preventing complications associated with obesity and reducing the overall burden for individuals, their families and the health system.
Some of the aims of the "Ten Steps Forward" include:
Develop a proposal for a sugar-sweetened beverage levy.
Develop legislation for calorie posting to help consumer in choosing healthier food options.
Develop a code of practice for the promotion of food and drinks.
Liaise with the food industry to set targets for food reformulation.
Communicate the benefits of being a healthy weight to members of the public particularly those in low-income areas.
Ensure the involvement of GPs in obesity prevention and subsequent care.
Develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines for weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.
Allocate resources according to need in particular for children and disadvantaged groups.
Monitor research and review.
Develop a service model for specialist care for children and adults.