A sugar tax introduced in Chicago earlier this year was repealed after just two months. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Despite receiving overwhelming support from health groups, the Government’s new sugar tax on sweetened drinks has been slammed by Food Drink Industry (...)

John Williams, a school principal who has tackled his problem with obesity with a three-pronged approach of diet, exercise and psychology. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has one of the highest rates of obesity in Europe, with one in four adults classed as obese and one in four children already overweight. The (...)

Bloom is Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, running from Thursday until Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Heading to Bloom in the Phoenix Park over the coming days? With over 100,000 people expected to visit Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, which ru(...)

Satisfaction with Enda Kenny’s performance as Taoiseach was practically unanimous in his home town of Castlebar. Photograph: PA

The final paragraph of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s resignation statement referred to the family’s 63-year record of unbroken service to the Mayo people. T(...)

The latest research on sugar tax suggests that a levy on sugary drinks – due to be introduced here and in Britain in 2018 – will help reduce obesity, (...)

Bed sore scanner is  being piloted in Naas General Hospital

Bed sore scanner that can detect sores before they can be seen Bed sores are one of the most common and most painful conditions affecting patients(...)

One in four children are overweight or obese. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland risks becoming the fattest nation in the world unless it deals with the obesity crisis in the same way it tackled smoking, Minister for Health(...)

A sugar tax may not, of itself, resolve the growing incidence of obesity in society. But it will certainly slow the growth of ballooning waistlines an(...)

Prof Donal O’Shea, consultant endocrinologist and chairman of the the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Policy Group on Obesity, dismissed claims from the Irish Beverage Council that a sugar tax will not work. Photograph: Getty Images

The immediate introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks is the single most important thing the Government must do if it wants to begin to tackle(...)

Five years ago, Brendan Quinn (above) started to gain weight, rapidly and inexplicably. Within a few years, he went from 76kg to 120kg without any outward change in his diet or activity level. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As much as 40 per cent of people’s ability to control weight may be down to their immune system, new research involving Irish scientists has found. T(...)