Childhood obesity number one challenge in Irish society

“A recent study conducted by Dublin City University (DCU) revealed that unfit teenagers are now at the same risk of heart-related disease as a 60-year-old man. Professor Niall Moyna, head of the DCU School of Health and Human Performance, described the findings as “frightening”.

The results of the study of Transition Year students found that most of the unfit pupils were overweight or obese; 85pc had high blood pressure; more than 90pc had high levels of fat in the blood; 62pc were at a high risk of developing diabetes, and 87pc had a vascular age of 55-60.

Schools are attempting to address the problem by tackling inactivity and encouraging young people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”