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Policy Information

Combatting Obesity

Published: 4 April 2019
From: Healthy Ireland and Department of Health

It is well established that obesity (and overweight) is a significant problem in Ireland. Tackling this complex issue requires multi-agency, multi-level and coordinated approaches.

The Obesity Policy and Action Plan was developed to address policy and intervention options in the context of prevention and management of overweight and obesity.

Some of the measures taken and being undertaken as a result of this policy are:

  • a code of practice in relation to advertising, promotion and sponsorship of food and drink
  • a media campaign to communicate practical solutions for parents to adopt in order to tackle the everyday habits that are associated with excess weight in childhood
  • revising the Healthy Eating guidelines
  • developing Healthy Eating guidelines for 1-5 year old children
  • treatment guidelines for overweight and obesity
  • calorie posting in restaurants

You can watch a video of the Obesity Policy and Action Plan launch here.

A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan

The full text of 'A Healthy Weight for Ireland - Obesity Policy and Action Plan'.