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(...)

The average Irish 14-year-old boy is 65 per cent heavier than he was in 1948, a conference on obesity heard. Though they are also on average 17cms (5.(...)

“People in the developed world should not die because of bad nutrition. Obesity is a time bomb we can defuse.” Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It is a shocking admission: we stand to be the first generation who will bury our children. Many members of Irish families will die prematurely due to(...)

Martin Foudy: ‘I couldn’t look in a mirror because I did not want to see what was in front of me. ’

I was always heavy, the kind of person who loved food and had a very sweet tooth. My weight was always a bit of an issue but after the break-up of my(...)

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