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Obesity linked to 450 deaths a year

14th November 2008

Obesity causes an estimated 450 deaths a year and costs the economy £500m in Northern Ireland, according to Health Promotion Agency chief executive Dr Brian Gaffney.

Figures show that in Northern Ireland, 59% of adults and 26% of children are overweight or obese while in the Republic of Ireland 50% of adults are overweight or obese as well as 23% of boys and 28% of girls. A conference, 'Obesity: weighing up the evidence', has been organised to address the problem.


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Article Information

Title: Obesity linked to 450 deaths a year
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 9201
Date Added: 14th Nov 2008


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