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de Brún welcomes EU action on tackling childhood obesity

26 September, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP and former health minister Bairbre de Brún has welcomed moves by MEPs to bring forward plans to tackle childhood obesity.

Speaking after today's vote on the Foglietta report Ms de Brún stated:

"Obesity sets in for many people in childhood due to a poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle. By providing children with a proper diet such as through the proposed schools' fruit programme we can help make sure that obesity is not allowed develop in the first place.

"Approximately 7% of the total national budgets across Europe are spent on treating obesity-related conditions. By prioritising a healthy lifestyle for our children we can create a healthier society and in the medium term free up a chunk of our health budget." ENDS

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