The Faculty of Public Health's Annual Summer Scientific Meeting was held on 30th & 31st of May 2018 in Dublin.
Professor Kevin P. Balanda from the IPH presented the results from the 'Lifetime financial costs of childhood obesity/overweight in Ireland and Northern Ireland'. The JANPA/safefood project estimated that the obesity/overweight in the island's 2015 childhood population was associated with lifetime excess financial costs of €7.1 (in 2015 values). Direct health care costs accounted for approximately 25% of this total costs. The biggest cost category was lost productivity due to premature death that accounted for approximately 60% of total excess lifetime costs on the island. The study highlights gender differences and North/South differences in the magnitude of the cost categories.