Latest All Island Obesity Newsletter now available
This edition for November/December is once again packed full with news, events, research updates and training opportunities. The first section contains information directly submitted by Forum members including a spotlight piece Centre of Excellence exploring the issue of weight management in pregnancy in Northern Ireland.
Upcoming event – ‘The Obesity Problem – Insights and analysis from economics, medicine and public health?’
The Health Economics and Policy Analysis research group at NUI Galway is delighted to announce that it will host a one day conference on obesity on January 17, 2014. Obesity is a complex, interdisciplinary problem. Economic factors have played a significant role in the development of the obesity crisis and economics offers many insights into various solutions to ameliorate the crisis and to prevent more people from becoming obese. The keynote speaker at the event will be Professor John Cawley from Cornell University who is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading economists on this issue.
New report summarises the latest findings from England’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
The report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of ‘underweight’, ‘healthy weight’, ‘overweight’, ‘obese’ and 'overweight and obese combined' children, in Reception (typically aged 4–5 years) and Year 6 (typically aged 10–11 years), measured in state schools in England in the school year 2012-13. Public Health England’s Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence Team (formerly NOO); publish a detailed annual NCMP report which contains additional specific analyses not included in this Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) summary report. This report is expected to be published in early 2014.
DAPHNE project to help Europeans manage their weight through mobile phone apps and other new devices
DAPHNE – Data-as-a-Service Platform for Healthy lifestyle and preveNtive MedicinE, is a three year EU funded study to develop and test methods for collecting, analysing and exploiting personal activity and fitness information, with a focus on reducing sedentary behaviour. The multi-centre collaboration involves ten Universities and technology companies, with a total budget of €4.9m. The project will use new sensors to monitor personal energy expenditure, including active behaviour, sedentary behaviour and overall fitness. Mobile phone apps and other devices will then provide personalised health information to individuals and to service providers.
Have you seen the latest Health Well Knowledge Update?
The Health Well website is an authoritative source of health-related evidence, data and good practice across the island of Ireland, incorporating a number of thematic Hubs, including Obesity, Health Inequalities, Chronic Conditions and Fuel Poverty. The Knowledge Update highlights some recent examples of information resources added to the Health Well and each of its Hubs.
Safefood campaign urges parents to choose water instead of juice drinks
As part of the Safefood campaign to take on childhood obesity, Safefood today announced results of a label survey into the sugar levels of a wide selection of popular drinks for children. Many of the drinks that Safefood compared contained as much sugar as ’fizzy drinks’. The campaign highlights that parents may be unaware of the sugar content of some of these drinks and outlines that reducing a child’s intake of such drinks and replacing with water or milk would be a practical step to reduce levels of childhood overweight and obesity.
GUI report links socio-economic status and amount of screen-time with poorer eating habits and higher levels of obesity
The latest Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) report reveals that I in 5 five year olds are either overweight or obese. The socio-economic background of the child was shown to be associated with being overweight or obese, with children in lower income groups consuming 23% more calories per day than those in the highest income group and having higher levels of screen-time. Girls were more likely than boys to be overweight and were involved in less physical play. The report highlights a widening health and social gap between Irish children by the time they are just 5 years old.
Two new reports on consumer food choice from Safefood will inform recently launched childhood obesity campaign
The first report ‘Do you have a Kids Menu?’ investigates the availability of healthy food options in restaurants and other caterers on the island of Ireland. The second report ‘Good Days and Bad Days’ focuses on consumer behaviour when grocery shopping. In particular, the report looks at the health related habits of consumers in the island of Ireland. These two reports on consumer food choice outside the home will complement the recently launched campaign by Safefood to help parents take on childhood obesity.
New OECD report shows high rates of smoking, obesity and alcohol consumption in Ireland
This seventh edition of Health at a Glance provides the latest comparable data on different aspects of the performance of health systems in OECD countries. Key indicators provide information on health status, the determinants of health, health care activities and health expenditure and financing in OECD countries. The OECD point out that ‘Ireland continues to make substantive headway in improving health outcomes, but more can be done in reducing risk-factors for major diseases and improving value-for-money in health spending’.