Protecting children’s health

Our plan for the future of children’s health 

While we all have a role to play in teaching children healthy habits, there is too much emphasis on parental or individual responsibility. Childhood obesity is influenced by a broad range of environmental, cultural, genetic, psychological, and social influences far outside of children’s control.

Only the state can address the big drivers of this phenomenon and is failing our children through weak policies that lack resources, targets or sufficient patrol of marketing tactics.

Policy manifesto on childhood obesity

The Irish Heart Foundation is leading a campaign to lower the rates of childhood obesity and improve the future of children’s health.

Consulting with experts in the field, parents and young people, we developed a political manifesto to challenge the government to take stronger action to reduce child obesity rates.

Our proposals include:

Help us show the government that we have your support 

We would love you to support our campaign to encourage more government action by signing our petition and signing up to be a campaigner.

Our campaigners help us in various ways and in May 2019 they met with the then Junior Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D. to discuss our campaign to ban junk food marketing to children.

Sign the petition to protect our children

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