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Obesity Policy and Action Plan

Obesity Policy

It is well recognised that overweight and obesity is a significant problem in Ireland.  Tackling this complex issue requires multi-agency, multi-level and coordinated approaches.

A Healthy Weight for Ireland – Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016- 2025 ” was launched on 22 September 2016 by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD together with the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone TD and the Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD. The policy and action plan aims to reverse obesity trends, to prevent health complications and reduce the overall burden for individuals, families, the health system and the wider society and economy.

See bottom of the page for a short video of the highlights of the launch.

The Obesity Policy and Action Plan was developed by the Department of Health to address policy and intervention options in the context of prevention and management of overweight and obesity and is intended to support a consultation process currently underway.

The Obesity Policy and Action Plan aims to build on the work of the Special Action Group on Obesity which was established in 2011 to develop a range of actions to help curb obesity. The Special Action Group on Obesity has worked on a number of initiatives including:

  • A code of practice in relation to advertising, promotion and sponsorship of food and drink.
  • A media campaign to communicate practical solutions for parents to adopt in order to tackle the everyday habits that are associated with excess weight in childhood. More details about this campaign which is titled “Let’s take on childhood obesity, one step at a time” can be found by visiting the  safefood website
  • Revising the Healthy Eating Guidelines.
  • Developing Healthy Eating Guidelines for 1-5 year old children.
  • Treatment Guidelines for Overweight and Obesity.
  • Calorie posting in restaurants.

Click here to view the Obesity Policy and Action Plan document.

Click here for the Department of Health’s Press Release for the launch of the Obesity Policy and Action Plan.


Launch of the Obesity Policy and Action Plan