Recently, the Irish Heart Foundation Conference came into limelight after Professor Donal O’Shea explained some facts about Irish obesity. In recent years, a lot of people in Ireland have been experiencing various problems regarding obesity. In this post, we’ve discussed these facts about Irish obesity.

In the last few years, most people in Ireland and even around the world have realized the importance of focusing on obesity-related problems and finding their solutions. Obesity not only leads to several health problems, but also affects a person’s overall health and well being. This study brought to light some shocking facts about this problem in Ireland.

1. Almost Two-Thirds are Overweight or Obese

Around 40% Irish adults are overweight. These figures are even more alarming for people over 50 years of age. According to research and studies, almost 80% people over 50 years of age are obese or overweight. Moreover, studies also indicate that a lot of people are on the road to suffering from a wide range of problems.

Many studies indicate that Ireland’s population is more obese or overweight than the average European population. Both boys and girls have been experiencing this problem, and fail to find effective solutions for obesity. There has also been a lot of research in this regard. Most researchers claim that lack of awareness is the most common reason for an increasing number of people suffering from obesity-related problems.

2. Putting Children at Risk

Irish Children Snacking

Researchers believe that the obesity problem is affecting more children. This has been creating a lot of stress among parents. Young children suffering from obesity are more likely to suffer from a wide range of health problems. Some of the most common health implications for children suffering from obesity include knee pain, back pain, hip pain, risk of asthma, breathlessness, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The long term effects of obesity in children include risk of heart disease, poor educational achievement, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. Parents have been quite stressed about this problem and its impact on children.

3. Lacking Self-Awareness of Body Size

Many obese Irish people do not realize they are obese. Contrary to popular belief, obesity isn’t always a visible state. A lot of people do not think they are overweight because they don’t look "fat". When it comes to awareness about your body size, it is important to consider the Body Mass Index. It gives you a better idea about the amount of unwanted fat in your body. Research suggests that Body Mass Index is closely related to obesity and health problems. Maintaining optimum BMI allows you to live a healthier life.

4. Costs Millions

According to studies, the annual expenditure because of obesity is around 1.13 billion GBP. 35% of this amount amount is spent on direct healthcare. The remaining amount is spent on indirect healthcare. This reduces the economy’s absenteeism and productivity. Researchers recommend urgent action to handle the problem before it gets worse. If expenses on obesity can be reduced, it can boost the economy.

The money spent on dealing with obesity-related problems should be used on other sectors of the economy, including education, defense and more. In addition to this, with lower expenditure on obesity related problems, the economy is more stable and the money is spent on other productive tasks.

5. Diabetes and Other Serious Disorders

It’s worth mentioning that an obese person is more likely to die in early age. People who are obese are likely to suffer from a wide range of serious health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and more. Obese people are also likely to suffer from a stroke.

As mentioned earlier, obesity also leads to other serious problems, which can affect your overall quality of life. When you’re overweight, you aren’t able to perform physical activity properly, and this leads to even more problems. Thus, you’re stuck in a vicious circle.

6. Cancer Risk

According to healthcare experts, there’s strong evidence that obesity is closely related to cancer risks. In fact, a lot of scientists believe that maintaining a healthy weight is the most important anti-cancer step you can take, second to avoiding tobacco. When you’re overweight, it increases cancer risk for the following areas:

  • Kidney
  • Bowel
  • Esophagus
  • Womb
  • Ovary
  • Breast
  • Gallbladder

According to researchers, there are many different reasons for the strong relationship between cancer and body fat. For instance, research shows that some special fat cells release hormones, including estrogen. These increase the risk of breast cancer. Fat also encourages your body to produce excess growth hormones. High and inappropriate levels of these hormones also increase the risk of cancer.

7. Discrimination and Prejudice

Even though there have been increasing number of cases regarding obesity, people still discriminate against obese people. Obese people in Ireland are usually victims of prejudice and discrimination. This can affect a person’s self esteem and confidence. It can cause a lot of problems regarding human relationships and connections.

8. Sugar is a Major Cause

According to healthcare experts, high consumption of sugar in Ireland is one of the major causes of obesity. Due to the increasing intake of sugar, obesity has become a stronger crisis than before. Reduced sugar intake can lower the impact on a person’s weight. Healthcare experts believe that sugar is addictive like alcohol. It’s better to consume alternatives of sugar rather than using fructose.

In recent years, obesity problem has strengthened its hold in Ireland. Both adults and children have been experiencing obesity-related problems. The facts that came to light have brought some attention to the subject. A better understanding of obesity-related health problems makes sure you are able to tackle issues in time. It is important to take problems related to obesity seriously. When you tackle these issues in time, you are able to prevent many serious health problems.

These days, you can choose from a wide range of programs to deal with obesity-related issues. They help you understand the various causes of obesity and find natural remedies to deal with problems. It’s also important to consult a healthcare expert before you take any steps to get rid of health problems. A professional is able to guide you in the right direction, and advise about various steps you can take to tackle obesity. For more information, you can check out the Irish Heart Foundation’s Obesity Fact Sheet.