Although the archaic, pejorative view that obesity represents a lack of discipline and self-control has largely been dismissed, discourse about obesity remains derogatory and misogynistic. Photograph: iStock

In a field rife with controversy and disagreement, there is strong consensus among obesity experts at home and abroad that bariatric surgery is life-s(...)

 People taking part in a march against homelessness and the treatment of homeless people in Dublin recently.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Today and tomorrow, Ireland’s record on protecting human rights will be considered by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Ri(...)