A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan

Yesterday afternoon, the Government launched "A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025". With 1 in 4 children and 6 in 10 adults being overweight or obese, this ten-year plan aims at tackling the current overweight and obesity epidemic in Ireland.

The policy sets out "Ten Steps Forward" which aim at reversing the obesity trend while preventing complications associated with obesity and reducing the overall burden for individuals, their families and the health system.

The "Ten Steps Forward" are:

  1. Embed multi-sectoral actions on obesity prevention with the support of government departments and public sector agencies.
  2. Regulate for a healthier environment.
  3. Secure appropriate support from the commercial sector to play its part in obesity prevention.
  4. Inform and empower change through a clear communications strategy.
  5. The Department of Health will provide leadership.
  6. Mobilise the health services with a focus on prevention.
  7. Develop a service model for specialist care for children and adults.
  8. Acknowledge the key role of physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity.
  9. Allocate resources according to need in particular for children and disadvantaged groups.
  10. Monitor research and review.


Posted: 23/09/2016 10:36:49 by Niamh Dowling
Filed under: Healthy Ireland, Nutrition, Obesity Policy and Action Plan


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