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5% weightloss target by 2026 incredibly ambitious

An ambitious plan to help bring down overweight in adults and children by 5 percent over ten years h...
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5% weightloss target by 2026 incredibly ambitious

TodayFM
TodayFM

1:52 PM - 22 Sep 2016



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.

 

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, –described by experts as "‘incredibly ambitious’"– is being unveiled this afternoon – 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 we’re on course to become the fattest country in Europe by 2030 – 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.


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