Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (586)

Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Question:

586. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Health the annual cost of obesity to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15307/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Levels of overweight and obesity have increased in the last 20 years, with a rise from 51% in 1990 to 61% in 2011. The current figures for children are 25% of 3 year olds are overweight or obese.

Reliable contemporary and locally relevant figures for the annual, economic cost of weight-related ill health in the Republic of Ireland show that it costs 1.1 billion euros. My Department is developing a new obesity policy this year and this will have a significant impact on the obesity agenda and provide a framework for action based on an number of informants.