The Irish Times - Thursday 29th November 2012
Costs of obesity may be higher than Safefood study suggested
The real cost of obesity may be much higher than the €1.13 billion highlighted in the Safefood study published yesterday, its health and nutrition director, Dr Cliodhna Foley-Nolan, said. She said the estimates in The Cost of Overweight and Obesity on the Island of Ireland study conducted by UCC were “very conservative”. It found that some €398 million was spent on direct healthcare costs while €728 million was lost by absenteeism and reduced or lost productivity at work.
The figures did not include issues such as the costs associated with being overweight or obese during pregnancy, or the costs associated with the psychological and emotional issues caused by obesity. While they included costs associated with absenteeism, they did not include the costs surrounding the loss of productivity for over-65-year-olds. Lead researcher Dr Anne Dee said lower back pain was a major cause of absenteeism and she said approximately 40 per cent of back pain was attributed to being overweight or obese.
The Irish Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2011
PREGNANT WOMEN in Ireland have vitamin D intakes far below those recommended for the normal development of a child’s bones, according to a new study.
The research, published in the latest issue of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition , found the average dietary intake of vitamin D among pregnant women in Ireland was 80 per cent below the Food Safety Authority’s recommendation for an average adult.
The Obesity Hub (http://obesity.thehealthwell.info), an authoritative source of obesity related evidence, data and good practice was launched on 15th February 2011 in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College Cork.
A conference entitled "Public Health
Nutrition and Related Research - Preparing a Proposal
for EU FP7 Funding" was held in Rosscarbery, Cork on 11th and 12th
March 2010. The overall aim of
this two-day event was to provide specialised training on FP7 funding and to
target relevant Call Topics in the forthcoming FP7 Work Programme in Health
(due to be published in July 2010).
An obesity epidemic is set to place significant strain on public expenditure in the coming decades unless effective means of tackling it are found, according to the Director of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, based at Queen’s University.
Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland