A NEW report on tackling childhood obesity has been published by the Joint Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee.
The report contains over twenty recommendations to help schools, communities and families make healthier choices for young people.
Some of the recommendations include:
- Fund research to identify ‘obesity hotspots’.
- Set targets for reducing the socioeconomic inequalities that underpin childhood obesity.
- Consider targeted interventions to address issues such as food poverty that particularly influence obesity in low-income households.
- Strengthen local planning powers to keep fast food outlets away from schools.
- Increase access to free drinking water in schools, consider a ban on vending machines, and consider making Home Economics a compulsory post-primary subject.
You can read the report here.
Childhood obesity is an important area which the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has made a range of policy and research contributions. IPH also supports the Departments of Health, North and South, in the implementation of strategies to reduce overweight and obesity.