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25% of Irish men are obese


31.03.11

 

One in four men in this country is obese, according to a new survey. It shows male obesity has increased three fold in the last twenty years

 

The National Adult Nutrition Survey , carried out by UCC and UCD, surveyed 1500 adults aged between 18-90 from all parts of the country.

 

The survey found obesity in men has increase from 8 per cent in 1990 to 26 per cent today.

 

Women too have shown an increase in obesity rising from 13 per cent to 21 per cent over the same period.

 

Obesity is strongly related to diabetes and is also linked with increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, gall bladder disease, bone joint disorders and certain cancers.

 

The survey also showed an increase in alcohol consumption and a decline in the consumption of fresh fruit and veg.