Childhood Obesity - Let’s Take It On


Childhood Obesity - Let’s Take It OnThe Western Trust's Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department in partnership with the Public Health Agency are supporting the Safefood’s ‘START’ campaign.

The campaign will offer practical advice to tackle everyday habits associated with excess weight in children, support parenting and encourage consistency to make small changes to adopt and sustain a healthier lifestyle.

The World Health Organization (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges for the 21st century. Children and adolescents who are obese are at an increased risk of developing various health problems, and more likely to become obese adults.

The Foresight report (2007) revealed that ‘‘unless something is done now to tackle childhood obesity and help people to live healthier, by 2050 two thirds of children in the UK will be above a healthy weight’’ It is estimated that 1 in 4 children on the island of Ireland are overweight or obese. The escalation in childhood obesity has created a public health challenge and if the current trends are not addressed, it has been reported that half of the UK may well be obese by 2050.

The key messages promoted through this campaign include:

  • Replace sugary drinks
  • Make being active fun
  • More sleep and less screen time
  • Reduce portion sizes
  • Manage treats

Watch our videos for each message here.

For further information please contact: Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department on 028 7186 5127 or