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Irish obesity problem costing over €1 billion a year

The obesity problem in Ireland is costing us over €1 billion every year with 35% - or just u...
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07.35 28 Nov 2012


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Irish obesity problem costing over €1 billion a year

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07.35 28 Nov 2012


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The obesity problem in Ireland is costing us over €1 billion every year with 35% - or just under €400 million - being spent on healthcare costs like hospital or GP care and drugs.

The remainder goes on indirect costs like lost productivity and absenteeism which add up to €728 million a year.

The study from University College Cork (UCC) and funded by Safefood identified 18 weight related diseases.

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The main drivers of direct healthcare costs are conditions such as cardiac disease, type-2 diabetes and colorectal cancer.

Whilst lower back pain is a major cause of absenteeism.

Need for regulation?

The report says policy makers need to consider whether there is a need for regulation to address the effects of diet on health and well-being.

One expert said this morning that if anything the estimated price-tag is too low.

Donal O'Shea is a consultant endrinologist and Director of the weight management clinic at St. Columcille's Hospital in Loughlinstown in Dublin.

He was speaking to Breakfast here on Newstalk.


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