Ivan Perry

9 results

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

New Food Pyramid: It makes better sense than the previous one, but is still a compromise between science, the Government and the food sector.

It is long overdue, but encouraging nevertheless, that the Government has revised the older food pyramid and opted for a new one with more emphasis on(...)

Director of Research at the NSRF Prof Ella Arensman said the latest figures indicate that the rate of self harm remains 9 per cent higher than in 2007.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The number of people who are presenting at hospitals after self-harming remains almost 10 per cent higher than before the recession,according to a new(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar had championed a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The next government will face increasing calls for some form of sugar tax following the introduction of a policy in the UK announced this week. Whil(...)

Plaster over the cracks or should we plan for the health effects of climate change now? Photograph: Thinkstock

With a historic agreement on carbon reductions forged in Paris last month, the world’s attention is squarely focused on climate change. But could prot(...)

A selection of sugary drinks. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Young children who consume sugar-sweetened drinks are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese, a study of more than 1,000 schoolchildren i(...)

“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(...)

A young girl holds a sign during an anti-trans fat rally in New York, one of the first places where trans fats were banned. Photograph: Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration in the US is set to ban artery-clogging trans fats, deeming them an unsafe ingredient. The move, announced in early N(...)

“There is no magic bullet that will resolve the crisis of epidemic levels of obesity in children and adults in a short time. This will be a long haul. We need to be innovative and flexible in our policy responses and prepared to advance by trial and error if necessary.”

The Government should incentivise healthier eating options by taxing unhealthy foods in order to help combat growing obesity levels among Irish childr(...)