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IPH presents results of a study of the lifetime cost of childhood obesity on the island of Ireland at the Summer Scientific Meeting 2018

25 May 2018

IPH presents results of a study of the lifetime cost of childhood obesity on the island of Ireland at the Summer Scientific Meeting 2018

The Faculty of Public Health's Annual Summer Scientific Meeting was held on 30th & 31st of May 2018 in Dublin. Professor Kevin P. Balanda from the IPH presented the results from the 'Lifetime financial costs of childhood obesity/overweight in Ireland and Northern Ireland'. The JANPA/safefood project estimated that the obesity/overweight in the island's 2015 childhood population was associated with lifetime excess financial costs of €7.1 (in 2015 values). Direct health care costs accounted for approximately 25% of this total costs. The biggest cost category was lost productivity due to premature death that accounted for approximately 60% of total excess lifetime costs on the island. The study highlights gender differences and North/South differences in the magnitude of the cost categories.

 

Contact Prof Balanda at kevin.balanda@publichealth.ie 

JANPA http://www.janpa.eu/

 

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