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New Joint Oireachtas report urges a "whole systems approach" to tackling childhood obesity

20 November 2018

New Joint Oireachtas report urges a "whole systems approach" to tackling childhood obesity

A NEW report on tackling childhood obesity has been published by the Joint Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee.

The report contains over twenty recommendations that relate to a whole systems approach (Recommendation 1) that will help schools, communities and families make healthier choices for young people. These cover:

  • Addressing socio-economic inequalities
  • Promoting sports and physical activity
  • Specific school–based initiatives
  • Amendments to regulations in respect to advertising and marketing in broadcast and non-broadcast media
  • Increased support for breastfeeding in Ireland
  • Research and measures to protect children and young people against potential links between obesity, mental health and portrayal af body image in social and traditional media 



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