Grace O’Malley is a chartered physiotherapist at Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin, where her work concentrates on children with obesity issues.
I live in Malahide, Co Dublin, and have worked at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital for almost 10 years.
My research and clinical practice is mainly in the area of childhood obesity and I am director of the W8TOGO Healthy Lifestyles programme, a service that treats children and teenagers with clinical obesity, in conjunction with their families.
It has been running at the hospital since 2005. There are 200 children currently receiving treatment, who range in age from 18 months to 16 years, and we have 100 on the waiting list.