Growing up in Ireland national longitudinal study

New data has been published today from Growing up in Ireland, a national longitudinal study of children in Ireland. Data on the health and physical development of the cohort of children who are now 9 years old found that:

  • ¾ of the 9 year olds consumed biscuits in the last 24 hours; 1/5 consumed crisps or snacks in the last 24 hours
  • Only 1/4 of the cohort were getting the recommended 1 hour of physical activity a day
  • 17% of the 9 year olds were overweight and 5% obese – a slight increase from the measure at 5 years old;
  • There was a clear inequality in the prevalence of overweight and obesity according to family income: 32% of children in the lowest income fifth were overweight/obese, compared with 22% in the middle fifth and 14% in the highest fifth

Take a look at the START campaign for ways to help tackle childhood obesity in the home.


Posted: 08/11/2018 11:11:45 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Childhood obesity, Children, Health, Physical activity, START


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