Who says the civil service doesn't have a sense of humour?
The Department of Health threw a press event this morning for the new Healthy Ireland survey, at which it announced some grisly statistics about the country's startling obesity rates – as well as issues such as smoking, activity levels and other factors affecting our national health.
The spread at Healthy Ireland launch (which says 60% are overweight or obese) is ehh... not entirely healthy. pic.twitter.com/k41EutgQpk
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) October 7, 2015
It seemed a strange move for the launch of a report where snack foods were singled out as a problem, as a majority of the population consume them on a daily basis.
But aside from that, the results weren't all doom and gloom.
While 60% of adults are overweight or obese – down from 61% in 2007 – some 48% of those are trying to lose weight, while smoking is at an all-time low of 19%.
— HealthyIreland (@HealthyIreland) October 7, 2015
Our drinking remains a problem, as do our activity levels. But, much like obesity and smoking, there are signs that the population is at least conscious of these issues – 38% said they wished to become more active.