A new joint British-Irish study on childhood obesity will be a very important piece of research.
I recently attended the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Dublin, where as a member of the Environment and Social Committee, I spearheaded the establishment of a joint British-Irish study to be conducted on the scourge of childhood obesity.
Obesity has now reached alarming levels. One in four Irish children are currently obese, and according the World Health Organisation we, along with our British counterparts, are on course to become the fattest nations in Europe.
Diseases such as type 2 Diabetes, caused by obesity, are estimated to cost the State over €1 billion per year.
Obesity, and in particular childhood obesity, needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency.