Almost 25% of Irish are obese

From RTE:

A new report shows two out of three Irish adults are at an unhealthy weight, with almost 25% being obese.

The study, Dietary Habits of the Irish Population, which was funded by the Department of Health, says Irish people eat too many foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt.

A major concern in the Irish diet is the over-consumption of foods from the top level of the so-called food pyramid such as oils, butter, cakes and biscuits.

AdvertisementThese are meant to be used sparingly, less than three servings a day.

But the survey found Irish people are eating 7.3 servings of these foods, which are high in fats and sugar.

Another measure used in the survey is called central obesity - it is based on waist size.

47% of men, and 70% of women were defined as centrally obese. This can lead to a higher risk of diabetes or heart disease.

It found many people do not eat enough fibre, Irish women do not get enough calcium or iron, and most eat far too much salt.

71% exceeded the recommended 6 grams of salt per day - and these figures do not include the salt added during cooking or at the table, so the true salt intake is actually much higher.

A third of salt intake comes from cereals, bread and potatoes.

The Department of Health says it will publish a National Nutrition Policy aimed at young people next year, and is working under an EU framework to reduce salt content in our food by 16% over the next four years.

Anyone got any proposals to combat this?

On a side note lads how many people would eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day…I would say that 3 or possibly 4 a day meself but there wouod often be days that I would eat none…

47% of men, and 70% of women were defined as centrally obese. This can lead to a higher risk of diabetes or heart disease

Its a shame the way women let themselves go…

Right lads hands up here who thinks they’re in that 25%

I can safely say that I used to be but I’m not anymore

[quote=“Fran”]Right lads hands up here who thinks they’re in that 25%

I can safely say that I used to be but I’m not anymore[/quote]

I’m not but I’d say if I gave up the soccer/hurling I would be in less than a year…Too fond of the good living…

I’m not. I put on a few pounds there in recent years but lost it recently. Was always heavy without being fat.

[quote=“Fran”]Right lads hands up here who thinks they’re in that 25%

I can safely say that I used to be but I’m not anymore[/quote]

Same goes, used to be but i am a regular in the gym these days and play plenty of 5 a side footie. The drink is a curse!

People just don’t exercise and they eat crap food.
The details are all on the food we eat so it’s just a matter of using the noggin and buying smarter.
For example, sausages with 30% pork and a ton of salt are just shocking things. Made with the worst crap and doing you no good.
Anyone eating sausages these days must know the crap they are eating.
Also exercise.
I try and walk about 10 miles a week and swim 2km a day 4 days a week.
Then again most people don’t have my cushy number.
If you can’t get out exercising though then stop buying the same things week in week out and actually write down what you need to buy and ten which brands are the best for you.
Forget all those sauces too. Chicken tonight or stir in stuff. You’re better off without them and making your own sauces.
Last tip woudl be wraps instead of bread for sambos.
The bagguette sambo is about 13 points in weight watchers, which is about half a normal lads daily allowance.
they are shocking things. Cheese too.
Weightwatchers actually have a good thing going there with the points attached to each food.
If you follow that you’ll lose weight and be healthier before doing exercise.
Yours etc,
GSH.

I’d say I’m in the 2 out of 3 that are overweight but not sure about the 25% obese. Too fond of eating crap food.

i would definitely say that bandage, you fall into the 70% bracket, but perhaps slightly higher than centrally located. it’s your cup size you need to reduce, although in saying that, it’s clearly your best asset.

Small bit overweight…Have a beergut alright…don’t think I’m obese though.

I love it with these facts and figures, that the average person wont have a clue what any of it means.

“Irish people are eating 7.3 servings of these foods (oils, butter, cakes and biscuits)” - how much is a serving? is eating a buscuit with a cup of tea considered this? why the fook just have an aimless statistic? does it make the reporter sound more intelligent?

“47% of men, and 70% of women were defined as centrally obese” - so how is one defined as centrally obesse? Is it having a waist line more than average, and depending on height? So where does the figure come from?

“It found many people do not eat enough fibre, Irish women do not get enough calcium or iron, and most eat far too much salt.” - so what is to be done to rectify it? who knows, but it makes a very good report.

personally, I wouldnt consider myself overweight, but according to body mass index stats, I am overweight, but does say that:

BMI is a reliable indicator of total body fat, which is related to the risk of disease and death. The score is valid for both men and women but it does have some limits. The limits are:

It may overestimate body fat in athletes and others who have a muscular build

http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmi-m.htm

so not all statistics can be correct. in saying that, there are a lot of fat fookers out there these days, stop eating burgers and go for a run you fat cunt.

[quote=“Fran”]Right lads hands up here who thinks they’re in that 25%

I can safely say that I used to be but I’m not anymore

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I can safely say that I wasn’t about 30 years ago but I am now

I honestly don’t know, I gave up the fags 6 months ago and went up to 17 stone weight, I’m down to 14.75 now but I’m still almost a stone over my ideal weight, so I don’t know what I am, where did I leave my taytos…

[quote=“Clareman”]I honestly don’t know, I gave up the fags 6 months ago and went up to 17 stone weight, I’m down to 14.75 now but I’m still almost a stone over my ideal weight, so I don’t know what I am, where did I leave my taytos…

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your a fat bastard clareman - deal with it

And I am quite happy with it to complete the sterotype :smiley:

Just checked my bmi and it says I’m overweight. My index is 27. I’d have to lose 20 pounds to get to normal levels.

I have a goal to work to!

[quote=“Locke”]Just checked my bmi and it says I’m overweight. My index is 27. I’d have to lose 20 pounds to get to normal levels.

I have a goal to work to![/quote]

I was working out on a fairly big site the summer before last and I got a free health check thing from the constuction federation(or whatever they were called) and I think I scored a 24 which I was told was on the money, I am probably a pound or two heavier now but that is more conditioning than fat…

Good advice on the burgers and running Gman. Also, cheers for the compliment superleeds. I agree with Gman in that the terms and definitions appear to be very subjective, especially that stat about 70% of women being ‘centrally obese’. What does that mean exactly? Are these the type of birds that if you’re banging them you have to lift up their gut to locate their snatch?

Bit overweight alright, cancelled gym membership there during the year as I was too busy to go, have one on my doorstep now so back in there again, the fittest I’ve ever been was the four months I was on the dole around 1999. Mixed alot of concrete by hand over that period. Went to Dublin then and became soft as shite like the locals.

Most of these girls do not actually believe that they are centrally obese. They wear the clothes of a centrally stable girl but the obeseness seeps over the top of the jeans and out from under tops and t-shirts.