Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study

The latest report from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study presents a comprehensive overview of the lives of the child cohort at age 13, including data on weight, weight perception and snacking behaviours.

Key findings include:

  • One in four 13-year-olds were overweight or obese. Girls were significantly more likely than boys to be overweight (22% compared to 19%) or obese (8% compared to 5%). Weight status was socially patterned: 3.5% of 13-year-olds from professional/managerial backgrounds were obese, compared with 11.1% of their peers from the ‘never employed’ social class.
  • There was a ‘‘certain level of misperception’’ regarding weight status - one in five of the 13-year-olds whose measurements indicated that they were obese described themselves as being ‘‘just the right size’’ or ‘‘very/a bit skinny’’.
  • More than 60% of 13 year olds reported eating crisps or sweets and more than 40% drank fizzy drinks (both diet and non-diet) the day before they were interviewed.
  • Those watching three or more hours of television were nearly twice as likely to report eating crisps the previous day as those watching one hour or less of television daily.
  • There was a significant difference in the number of 13-year-olds who had a television in their bedroom according to their weight status: 70% of those who were obese had a television in their room; this figure was 60% for those who were overweight and 52% for those who were non-overweight.

Check out our current START campaign for ways to help tackle childhood obesity in the home.

Posted: 17/10/2018 16:18:40 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Obese, Overweight, Screen time, Snacking, Social class


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