4th Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative report launched

Yesterday Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy launched the 4th report from the Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI).

COSI collects data from children in primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. The survey is carried out periodically. Data was first collected from children in 2008 in first class and again in 2010 from first class and third class, in 2012 from first, third and fifth classes and in 2015 from first, fourth and sixth class. Trained researchers collected weight, height and waist circumference measurements.

Key findings from the study include:

  • 16.9% of children in first class were overweight and obese in 2015 (a reduction from 21.6% in 2008).
  • Levels of overweight and obesity appear to be stabilising in 1st class children.
  • Prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher in girls compared to boys.
  • Levels of overweight and obesity are stabilising as children grow older.
  • Children attending disadvantaged schools had a higher prevalence of overweight and obesity compared to children attending non-disadvantaged schools.
  • The gap in prevalence of overweight and obesity between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged schools grows as children grow older.

While the results show the levels of excess weight in children are stabilising it still remains an issue in Ireland.


Posted: 05/05/2017 09:53:52 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Childhood obesity, Children, COSI, Obesity, School


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