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Obesity: An investigation into relationship between food supply, food composition and gender on obesity rates.

Billings, Brian (2014) Obesity: An investigation into relationship between food supply, food composition and gender on obesity rates. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The inspiration for this topic came from a number of articles in the popular press and items on both radio and television concerning obesity. This was followed up with finding and reading the WHO report on obesity. The report stated that “In a report on obesity levels in the 53 countries of the WHO's European Region, the United Nations health agency said up to 27 percent of 13-year-olds and 33 percent of 11-year-olds are overweight”.

They followed up by stating that "Our perception of what is normal has shifted; being overweight is now more common than unusual. We must not let another generation grow up with obesity as the new norm," said Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO's regional director. She blamed a combination of high levels of physical inactivity, coupled with a culture that promotes cheap, convenient foods high in sugars, fats and salt. This combination, she said, "is deadly”. Obesity rates among 11-year-old boys and girls were highest in Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and lowest in the Netherlands and Switzerland, the report found. Lack of exercise is a key part of the problem. Kelland K (2014).

While this report was concerned with childhood obesity, it and other articles in the media informed the decision to use obesity and its relationship to food as a topic for this thesis.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Science in Data Analytics
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 15:15
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 15:16
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1844

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