Sugary drinks are a major contributor to childhood weight-gain, according to Prof Donal O’Shea. Photograph: Science Photo Library

A ban on advertising sugary drinks to children has been called for by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s (RCPI) policy group on obesity. (...)

Enda Kenny: ‘Clinicians know best about the urgency of carrying out an operation, if it is to be a life-saving operation, and I am sure it is on that basis they prioritise them,’’ he said. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Taoiseach Enda Kenny rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that the Government was adopting “a callous and dismissive’’ response to t(...)

 Minister for Health James Reilly: accused “some clinicians” of failing to engage about the cost of health services and argued that “prevention is better than cure” in relation to obesity.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Minister for Health James Reilly has rejected calls by a leading obesity expert for a resumption of life-saving gastric bypass operations on dangerou(...)

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Health James Reilly has received the backing of the Taoiseach amid speculation that he will be moved from the Department of Health in a (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny refused to be drawn on the revelation in today’s Irish Times that the head of the Department of Health had withdrawn a letter he sent to the head of the Health Service Executive (HSE) following a row over pay for entry-grade consultants. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Taoiseach has expressed confidence in Minister for Health Dr James Reilly in the lead-up to the anticipated Cabinet reshuffle. Enda Kenny expresse(...)

Can a couple of scoops of dairy butter added to coffee help you lose weight? Unsurprisingly, no. 2:15

Can two tablespoons of butter added to your morning coffee really help you lose weight and gain a mental edge? It sounds utterly revolting, highly imp(...)

Department of Health secretary general Ambrose McLoughlin has said the current generation of parents could be the first to “bury our children” unless the problem of obesity is tackled. Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The obesity problem among young people is so bad that the present generation of parents may be the “first to bury our children”, Department of Health (...)

‘They have delivered a death sentence to my patients. They are playing with people’s lives.” It’s not often you will hear a hospital consultant utter (...)

Some 20 per cent of children’s calories were coming from high fat, high sugar and high salt treats, conference told. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

MARIE O’HALLORAN The battleground for obesity has moved to the playground and industry is the predator, a medical specialist on(...)

“People in the developed world should not die because of bad nutrition. Obesity is a time bomb we can defuse.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It is a shocking admission: we stand to be the first generation who will bury our children. Many members of Irish families will die prematurely due to(...)