Almost a third of Irish children are now overweight – study

Irish boys rank 98th in the obesity charts and girls rank 78th out of 200 countries

Much of the increase in recent years has taken place in developing countries. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Much of the increase in recent years has taken place in developing countries. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Almost a third of Irish children are now overweight and the country ranks 58th out of 200 countries for its proportion of overweight youths, new data shows.

Latest statistics compiled by the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, and reported on in The Lancet medical journal, demonstrate a 10-fold increase in the rate of obesity among Irish boys between 1975 and 2016, and a 9-fold increase among Irish girls.

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