Body weight and eating habits in 5-12 year old Irish Children - The National Children’s Food Survey

The National Children’s Food Survey (NCFS) was carried out by nutritional scientists at University College Cork and University College Dublin  in 2005. Following the launch of the preliminary findings, safefood and the HSE commissioned further analysis of the NCFS database to explore the factors associated with a healthy weight and a healthy diet among the Irish children studied. The report ‘Body weight and eating habits in 5-12 year old Irish Children - The National children’s food survey’ was published this week and shows that 20% of boys and 25% of girls were carrying excess weight.

Parents who had a higher BMI and waist circumference were more likely to have children with a higher BMI and waist circumference. Overweight and obesity occurred in all social classes and across all levels of education. The home environment was identified as the key factor in determining the healthfulness of the children’s diet.

Posted: 05/08/2011 14:09:37 by Christine Connolly


 

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