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TV’s Doctor Nina Calls For Gyms In Child Obesity War

Posted Jul 18 2012 3:33pm


RTE doctor Nina Byrnes says children must be provided with more gyms in the battle against obesity.

And she wants the Government to provide more money to tackle the growing problem.

Some 20pc of children under 18 are now overweight or obese — including 25pc of all three-year-olds, a survey found.

Dr Byrnes believes that ensuring children get enough exercise is key to tackling the obesity epidemic.

She told the Herald: “We should be focusing on exercise in schools.”

And she insists the bad weather should not deter children from doing sports — and that the Government has no excuse for not providing suitable facilities.


“Look at other countries like France — they have huge indoor and outdoor leisure facilities in schools.”

The RTE doctor says video games also stop young people from going outside for sports.

“I know a case where parents in a neighbourhood got together and turned the green into a tennis court. Their children were a bit older and they realised that they weren’t going outside to play as much so they thought this would encourage them. But it was never used. The kids all stayed inside playing tennis on the Wii.”

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