The weight of the issue: policy impact of childhood obesity surveillance in Ireland

"Research on childhood obesity surveillance by the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre at UCD has helped policymakers build a picture of the weight status of Irish children.

The research has been used by the Department of Health to define targets for overweight and obesity levels in children, as mentioned in the government’s Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016-2025, ‘A Healthy Weight for Ireland’. Members of the research team have also been invited to address Oireachtas committees, policymakers and the media.

This research will have significant societal impact if the Government’s targets and actions – which are informed by the research – are successful in managing obesity prevalence in children. Reducing obesity will improve the population’s physical and mental health, and have a significant long-term economic impact by helping reduce the burden on the health system. "