Fat food nation

Obesity continues to be a major problem in Ireland, with a significant number of adult and children considered obese or overweight. The solutions are simple: eat less of the wrong food and exercise more. So why is this costly problem, which also kill

22nd January, 2012
Fat food nation
A surprising number of people are ignorant of the basic facts of nutrition. Photo: Corbis

A look around any crowded public space in Ireland will quickly confirm something medical experts have been saying for years: as a nation, we are getting fatter. The statistics are stark. Around 65 per cent of Irish adults and 25 per cent of three-year-old children are either overweight or obese.

These people are up to 80 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people of normal weight, along with a range of diseases collectively termed...

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