Diet, lifestyle and body weight in Irish children: findings from Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance national surveys

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Walton, Janette
dc.contributor.author McNulty, Breige A.
dc.contributor.author Nugent, Anne P.
dc.contributor.author Gibney, Michael J.
dc.contributor.author Flynn, Albert
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-02T12:25:57Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-02T12:25:57Z
dc.date.issued 2014-03-05
dc.identifier.citation Walton, J., McNulty, B. A., Nugent, A. P., Gibney, M. J. and Flynn, A. (2014) 'Diet, lifestyle and body weight in Irish children: findings from Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance national surveys', Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 73(2), pp. 190-200. en
dc.identifier.volume 73 en
dc.identifier.startpage 190 en
dc.identifier.endpage 200 en
dc.identifier.issn 0029-6651
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3727
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0029665114000056
dc.description.abstract Childhood obesity is an issue of public health concern globally. This review reports on levels of overweight and obesity in Irish children and examines some aspects of their diet and lifestyle proposed to promote or protect against increasing body fatness in children. While there is still some debate with regard to the most appropriate cut-off points to use when assessing body fatness in children, approximately one in five Irish children (aged 2–17 years) have been classified as overweight (including obese) according to two generally accepted approaches. Furthermore, comparison with previous data has shown an increase in mean body weight and BMI over time. On examining dietary patterns for Irish children, there was a noticeable transition from a less energy dense diet in pre-school children to a more energy dense diet in older children and teenagers, associated with a change to less favourable dietary intakes for fibre, fat, fruit and vegetables, confectionery and snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages as children got older. A significant proportion of school-aged children and teenagers reported watching more than 2 h television per day (35 % on school-days and 65 % on week-ends) compared with 13 % of pre-school children. For children aged 5–12 years, eating out of the home contributed just 9 % of energy intake but food eaten from outside the home was shown to contribute a higher proportion of energy from fat and to be less fibre-dense than food prepared at home. Improvements in dietary lifestyle are needed to control increasing levels of overweight and obesity in children in Ireland. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
dc.rights © The Authors 2014. Published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on behalf of The Nutrition Society en
dc.subject Dietary intakes en
dc.subject Obesity en
dc.subject Teenagers en
dc.subject Dietary surveys en
dc.subject Children en
dc.title Diet, lifestyle and body weight in Irish children: findings from Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance national surveys en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Janette Walton, Firm Programme, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: janette.walton@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2017-03-02T12:20:33Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 268550965
dc.internal.wokid 000334103400005
dc.contributor.funder Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Proceedings of The Nutrition Society en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No !!CORA!! en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.conferencelocation Dublin, Ireland en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress janette.walton@ucc.ie en


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

This website uses cookies. By using this website, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the UCC Privacy and Cookies Statement. For more information about cookies and how you can disable them, visit our Privacy and Cookies statement