An ambitious plan to help bring down overweight in adults and children by 5 percent over ten years has been published.
A sugar tax, a health Tsar and even a new food pyramid are among the 60 actions proposed.
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But some stakeholders are concerned about that the plan doesn’t go far enough.
Juliette Gash reports;
Among the 60 measures include the creation of No Fry Zones around schools and hospitals, a revised food pyramid and recommendations that food companies reduce levels of salt, sugar and fat.
Consultant Endocrinologist Donal O'Shea was asked if there should be a ban on celebrities and sporting figures advertising unhealthy foods;
A new Obesity strategy, Â–described by experts as "Â‘incredibly ambitiousÂ’"Â– is being unveiled this afternoon Â– with a target to reduce rates of obesity by 5% over ten years.
With 2 in 3 Irish adults and one in four Irish children overweight or obese, the World Health Organisation says weÂ’re on course to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030 Â– unless urgent measures are introduced.
The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland has welcomed the plan, but says funding must be made available for it to work.
Juliette Gash reports;
This comes as a new survey finds that only 18% of Irish adults feel that they eat a balanced diet and get enough exercise
The survey which was carried out by Amárach Research on behalf of LloydsPharmacy surveyed a representative sample of 1,000 Irish adults on their attitudes and experience of diet, exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Key findings of the survey include:
- Only 18% of respondents feel they follow a healthy diet and get regular exercise;
- Females prioritise eating a balanced diet, while males place a greater emphasis on getting sufficient exercise;
- Respondents feel the best version of themselves when they are following a balanced diet and getting sufficient exercise, however those from lower socio-economic backgrounds are twice as less likely to ever feel the best version of themselves when compared to those from higher socio-economic backgrounds (23% vs 12%);
- 58% of respondents say they struggle to follow a healthy diet and get regular exercise, despite a strong awareness amongst respondents of the benefits;
- 58% of those surveyed also struggle to secure unbiased, expert advice on how best to follow a balanced diet and optimum exercise, with 86% citing the issue of conflicting advice on the topic;
- Family emerged as the greatest support for adults trying to live a healthy lifestyle (48%), followed by healthcare professionals (27%) and friends (16%);
- Respondents cited employers as particularly poor at supporting their employees in living a healthy life, with only 2% of those surveyed identifying employers as influential.