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Report on tackling Childhood Obesity


Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas

Subject Keywords: Child Health, Childhood, Obesity, Socio-economic Inequalities, Early Years, Advertising
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Report on Tackling Childhood Obesity published today by the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs makes 20 headline recommendations to help schools, communities and families make healthier choices for Ireland’s young people.

Among the report’s recommendations:

  • Fund research to identify “obesity hotspots.”
  • Set targets for reducing the socioeconomic inequalities that underpin childhood obesity.
  • Consider targeted interventions to address issues such as food poverty that particularly influence obesity in low-income households.
  • Support youth workers in teaching young people about healthy eating and more active lifestyles, and make physical education a more important part of youth work.
  • Strengthen local planning powers to keep fast food outlets away from schools.
  • Audit the provision of sports facilities in schools and identify needs that could be funded as part of the National Development Plan.
  • Increase access to free drinking water in schools, consider a ban on vending machines, and consider making Home Economics a compulsory post-primary subject.
  • Address schools’ public liability insurance issues to promote more play time during breaks.
  • Work with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to restrict marketing of unhealthy foods during TV programmes with significant youth audiences.
  • Do more to promote breastfeeding as preferred public health policy.



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Suggested citation:

Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs, Houses of the Oireachtas. (2018) Report on tackling Childhood Obesity [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 27th February 2020].


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