Call to action on childhood obesity

10 January 2015
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A DANISH study has had unprecedented success in treating childhood obesity. Using a set of simple rules, paediatrician Dr Jens Christian Holm has helped more than 3,500 overweight and obese young people to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Is there really a straightforward way of treating the global obesity epidemic? And is there anything Ireland could learn from this study? One in four — about 327,000 — primary school children in Ireland are overweight or obese. These children are at risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease in adulthood, and many develop health problems long before then.

A recent study by Temple Street Children’s Hospital found that children as young as three were suffering from arthritis and bone breakages as a result of the impact their weight had on their bones.


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