There is a lot of discussion right now about educating our children on the topics of health and the importance of a balanced diet and regular exercise, and the following research has proven just why this is so vital.
According to findings published in scientific journal The Lancet, almost one-fifth of the world’s obese adults live in the Republic of Ireland.
The UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are also highly ranked for obesity rates in the study.
The study, carried out by experts in the UK, uncovered some alarming statistics for both the present state and the future of the country.
Firstly, Irish men have been found to have highest BMI (Body Mass Index) in Europe. Secondly – and equally as alarming – the research team have predicted that, by 2025, a staggering 37% of Irish women will be obese.
So, now that these concerning statistics are out there, the question is: how do we turn things around for the safety and health of ourselves and our children?
Professor Majid Ezzati, one of the study authors, suggested: “To avoid an epidemic of severe obesity, new policies that can slow down and stop the worldwide increase in body weight must be implemented quickly and rigorously evaluated, including smart food policies and improved healthcare training.”
Has this latest research concerned you? What do you think we can do in our daily lives to turn things around?