Report on tackling childhood obesity

The Joint committee on Children and Youth Affairs has released a report on tackling childhood obesity stating 20 recommendations the government should consider. These include:

  • Whole system approach – suitable to implement all policies relating to tackling childhood obesity
  • Socio-economic inequalities – setting clear targets to reduce inequalities and consider further targeted interventions for those of lower socio-economic status
  • Sport and physical activity – promotion of sport for children through public programmes and encouraging local sporting bodies to work with schools in communities to encourage children to find a sport they enjoy
  • School environment – banning junk and fast-food outlets in school and its perimeter, normalising drinking water and making Home Economics compulsory in Junior cycle curriculum. Along with ensuring the physical activity facilities in schools are satisfactory
  • Marketing and advertising – creation of a nutrient profile and introducing further statutory code and monitoring of the marketing of food and beverages to children on broadcast and non-broadcast media
  • Early years interventions – increasing provisions to support breastfeeding in Ireland
  • Further research – investigate potential links between obesity, mental health and portrayal of body image on social and traditional media to allow measures to be implemented to protect children

Take a look at the safefood START campaign to help tackle choldhood obesity in the home.


Posted: 15/11/2018 14:19:12 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Advertising, Childhood obesity, Physical activity, START


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