For women, having a spare tyre increased the risk of death by up to 40 per cent. File photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A spare tyre round the middle of an otherwise average-sized body is more dangerous than being fat all over, research has shown. The discovery w(...)

Roy Kinnear: ‘It truly is paradise so I’m lucky to be working here even if that is on a 24/7 basis right now”

The first time Roy Kinnear visited the Seychelles was when he flew there to attend interviews for the role of chief executive with the national airlin(...)

As well as challenging the decision of the Minister for Defence to discharge him from the Permanent Defence Forces next month, Private Denis Dowd will seek a declaration that a Medical Corps Instruction, insofar as it refers to obesity, is repugnant to the Constitution.

A soldier who is considered too fat to serve his country can legally challenge a decision not to allow him extend his military service, the High Court(...)

Researchers at Galway university hospital followed up 118 morbidly obese patients after gastric bypass surgery and found long-term health benefits.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of Irish patients could have their life expectancy significantly increased and chronic diseases reversed following obesity surgery, new rese(...)

Eve Cullen: A chatterbox who helps distract from the task at hand.

My five-year-old is trying to kill me. Not in a cutesy, ah-she’ll- be-the-death-of-me kind of way. Not like that at all. This article could form pa(...)

Mary McNicholas of Cloonkedagh Road, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo pictured leaving the Four Courts  after her High Court action for damages. Photograph: Courts Collins

A woman who sued for damages over a hysterectomy operation has lost her High Court action. Mary McNicholas claimed she was in constant pain and missed(...)

 Despite having the   largest population Dublin city has only been ranked sixth in a measure of  fast food outlets based on the size of population. Dublin city has   six McDonald’s branches.

Swords, a relatively prosperous area with a large youth population, ranks as Ireland’s fast food capital, according to a study by the online doctor se(...)

 Aer Lingus aircraft at Dublin airport. The airline is in good shape at present, arguably enjoying some of its best trading years since the Irish economy collapsed in  2008. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s six months since Willie Walsh first tabled a bid for Aer Lingus. It’s four months since Aer Lingus told the stock market that it was willing to r(...)

Prof Donal O’Shea said Government must  take immediate action to stop rising obesity levels. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Obesity in Ireland is a worse crisis than HIV/AIDS in the 1980s and cholera in the 1800s, one of the country’s leading health experts has said.Prof Dó(...)

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.Europe i(...)