According to World Health Organization (WHO) report, Ireland has the highest cases of obesity and excess weight in the whole Europe. The research involved 53 countries from the WHO European region. The report compared recorded figures of 2010 and projected ones for the year 2030. If this trend in Ireland continues, experts are of the opinion that by the year 2030, Europe may have to deal with a big obesity crisis. In fact, the Irish republic is Europe’s future fat-man.

 

What Is Obesity / Being Overweight

Being Obese or overweight is a state determined by your BMI (Body Mass Index). It is calculated as a ratio of your individual body weight to your height in meters. If the calculated figure is between 25.0 and 29.9, then you are labeled as being overweight. On the other hand, if the resulting figure is above 30, you are said to be obese.

Effects of Obesity In Ireland

The increasing levels of obesity are the reasons as to why there is increase in disability and disease cases across Europe and in Ireland in particular.

Obesity is a serious problem world over. According to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, 2.1 billion of world’s population and more are suffering from overweight and obesity health issues. It causes around 5 % loss of life across the globe and it is reported that the associated healthcare and lost productivity costs global economy about 1.8 trillion euros.

Causes of Rising Trend of Obesity in Ireland

Obesity has not always been on the rise among the Irish people. This problem has recently developed, and a boy aged 14 years is now much heavier than in the year 1948. This may be attributed to the amount of time that kids watch TV nowadays. One single hour of TV every day can make your child become obese according to the study.

Another reason is unhealthy eating. When i used to eat junk food and take a lot of sugary drinks i recorded the heaviest weight ever.

Statistics on Men and Women Obesity Cases

These are unpublished estimates which are part of WHO Modeling project on obesity. The presentation happened in Czech Republic during European Congress on Obesity.

The statistics show a sharp increase in the number of Irish people suffering from obesity by 2030. A break down shows that obese Irish men lead the gender park with an increase to 48% from 26% followed by Irish obese women hitting an increase to 57% from 23%. It will surprise you to learn that the statistics for Irish men who will be overweight or obese in 2030 will have risen to 89% from the current 48%. The obese and overweight women will have hit the 85% mark.

These predictions place men from Ireland and Uzbekistan at the top of the overweight group of 53 countries. There is a consolation though, predictions have it that Bulgaria and Belgium will have the highest number of overweight women come the year 2030.

Recommendations

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) reacted to the report findings by making calls for immediate and comprehensive action from HSE and Department of Health regarding that issue. It is true Ireland is now dealing with population-wide health and social problems since an obese nation is an unhealthy / sick nation. Recommendations such as the ones mentioned below would be appropriate for a healthier future population. They include:

  • Having the government make healthy food options easy to afford
  • Having the government discourage marketing of unhealthy food options
  • Having the government increase tax on high sugar and high fat foods
  • Encouraging increased voluntary sports’ participation in school. It is a good move which prevents future obesity among students . I can confess that the activities helped my body burn excessive fat.

A new study was conducted by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in regards to the benefits of getting involved in sports activities. Apart from the health and fitness benefit there is also the academic benefit. The research findings informed us that secondary school students who engaged in sports activities over their final year in school had higher probability of performing well in exams as well as continuing with their formal studies.

There is a lot which can be done to break the alarming trend and some countries are working on preventive measures. A good example is Netherlands which is the leading nation in making successful attempts to curb the epidemic. In 2010, 54% of Dutch men were obese but as the statistics show, below 50% of them are likely to be obese come 2030. For Dutch women, 44% were obese in 2010 but this figure is predicted to reduce to 43% by 2030.