While 1.4 per cent of patients who have contracted the virus in Ireland were categorised as extremely obese, almost half of them required hospitalisation, according to scientists at UCD. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo

Extremely obese people with Covid-19 are 17 times more likely to require admission to intensive care in Ireland than cases with no underlying conditio(...)

A series of studies have supported a low-carb diet in managing type 2 diabetes. Photograph: iStock

“If there is one thing to take away ... it is that type 2 diabetes [T2D] can go into remission and it need not be a lifelong progressive chronic (...)

Five low-risk lifestyle factors were then measured in each – never smoking, healthy weight, at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a good diet. Photograph: iStock

Those who stick to healthy lifestyles can expect up to ten extra disease-free years of life, according to a major new study. While the benefits of a (...)

Report notes there are just over 500 patients awaiting psychological and surgical evaluations for sleeve gastrectomy operations. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Hundreds of morbidly obese people are being left waiting more than five years for potentially life-changing surgery, a private medical report compiled(...)

Taxing snacks such as cake and biscuits could be far more effective in cutting obesity rates than simply targeting sugary drinks, a new study suggests. Photograph: Getty

Taxing snacks such as cake and biscuits could be far more effective in cutting obesity rates than simply targeting sugary drinks, a new study suggests(...)

The document itself notes that Irish men now have the fourth highest prevalence of obesity in the EU and women the seventh. One in four children is overweight or obese. Photograph:   Bryan O’Brien

Department of Health delays in finalising mechanisms for codes of practice governing the marketing of junk food to children has meant companies cannot(...)

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 (...)

Tackling obesity: the Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism has called for a co-ordinated programme providing diet and exercise, weight loss medicine, cognitive behavioural therapy and surgery to deal with  the condition. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The lack of a national programme to treat obesity has cost the HSE at least €56 million over a decade in extra health costs, according to experts in (...)

The Irish Beverage Council said it was pleased with the commitment in the plan that food-related taxes would have to be based on evidence. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Food and drink manufacturers have rejected the call in the Government’s obesity plan for the introduction of a sugar levy. The Irish Beverage Council(...)

Researchers at Galway university hospital followed up 118 morbidly obese patients after gastric bypass surgery and found long-term health benefits.  File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Thousands of Irish patients could have their life expectancy significantly increased and chronic diseases reversed following obesity surgery, new rese(...)

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