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A study has found  parents with poor eating habits  unconsciously market unhealthy brands to their children, and suggests the key window of opportunity for educating families and young children on the importance of healthy eating is during the preschool years.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Pre-school children who are exposed to the highest levels of television are twice as likely to recognise unhealthy food and drink brands over healthie(...)

Prof Niall Moyna said being active for 60 minutes a day did not have to involve organised sport or be in one burst of activity. “For children it could be 10 minutes skipping, 15 minutes running or kicking a ball,” he said. “It all adds up.”  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Parents are being urged to encourage their children to go out and play, as part of a campaign to tackle childhood obesity. The(...)

Minister for Health  Dr James Reilly  and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs   Frances Fitzgerald arriving for the launch of the SafeFood campaign on childhood obesity yesterday at Pearse Street Library. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

If we don’t tackle our problem with childhood obesity we are in danger of becoming the first generation to bury our children, Minister for Health Jame(...)

McCann Dublin has been appointed to handle Safefood’s next public health campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the problem of childhood obesity a(...)

Beef: raw meat

A link between red meat and heart disease has been highlighted by US researchers who have identified the culprit as a little-s(...)

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