Some interesting facts for you to ponder on….
The obesity time bomb is no longer just ticking – it has exploded with new evidence showing that a massive four out of the over-50s in this country are now overweight or obese. As a nation, we are getting fatter by the year. Despite an almost daily drip feed of new diet books and regimes, the evidence is we are piling on the pounds.In a stark warning at the Irish Heart Foundation Conference, the country’s leading obesity expert Professor Donal O’Shea said that there’s been an absolute explosion in the extreme end of obesity,
Nearly two thirds of us are either obese or overweight. Almost a quarter of us are obese and a further 37pc of Irish adults are overweight. Among the over-50s the figures are even more alarming. 26.5pc of Irish girls and 16pc of Irish boys under the age of 20 are classed as overweight or obese.
The annual cost of obesity is estimated at €1.13 billion, 35pc of this – around €398 million – is in direct healthcare costs. The remaining €728 million are indirect costs in reduced productivity and absenteeism. Ken 086 8187534