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Concern over children’s health soars in Ireland

A recent study carried out on the Irish Isle has revealed that child obesity levels there have risen alarmingly.

According to the research carried out by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), 90% of paediatricians were concerned about the rising numbers of children who are overweight or obese. Around 60% of paediatricians are also concerned about levels of depression, self-harming and anxiety in children.

The organisation carried out the study to discover the main issues regarding child health in both the Republic and Northern Ireland, with mental wellbeing and obesity coming to the fore, according to the research. The president of the RCPCH, Dr Hilary Cass, said:

“Getting key public health messages out to families early is essential if we are to reduce the numbers of children suffering obesity and mental health-related illness.”

The survey indicated that almost two thirds of paediatricians in Ireland have seen rates of illness associated with obesity rise during the last two years. Dr Cass stressed that more than a quarter of children on the island are classed as obese or overweight, which is double that recorded 15 years ago.

Schools in Ireland could consider adopting some of the methods used in England to reduce rates of child obesity. A number of schools around the country are introducing healthy school tuckshops. Tyne and Wear is among the many regions that are participating in the nutritious-eating exercise. Almost one fifth of children have a weight problem before they start school in Ireland, which Dr Cass believes must be tackled as a priority.

Posted by Jennifer
July 18, 2014

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