Childhood obesity levels stabilising

New research from the Republic of Ireland suggests that childhood obesity rates have stabilised.

The research looked at  the prevalence of overweight and obesity in primary school aged children between 2002 and 2012. 14 studies were included. The number of overweight children over the ten year period remained approximately the same and there was a slight decline in the number of obese.

While this is good news it needs to be interpreted with caution. One in four Irish children are still overweight or obese which is still very high and while it is promising that there has been no obvious increase in this number over the last ten years the challenge is now to decrease these figures to an acceptable level ensuring a healthier future for these children.

safefood are currently running a three year campaign encouraging parents to make small changes that will make a big impact on their childrens health and weight.  

 

 

Posted: 14/10/2014 11:21:11 by Laura Keaver


 

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