Dr Eva’s tears for obese boy

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS -

DR EVA Orsmond has told how she was moved to tears while film­ing her new RTÉ doc­u­men­tary, Ire­land’s Health Di­vide. How­ever, she wept in pri­vate as she ex­am­ined why chil­dren born in poor ar­eas die six years ear­lier than those in af­flu­ent ar­eas.

And she ad­mit­ted the sad­dest thing she saw was a five-year-old boy who was 5st 4lbs over­weight. ‘The mother said it to the cam­era but didn’t say ex­actly what he weighs,’ said Dr Eva. ‘It’s very sad. There are 100,000 Ir­ish school age chil­dren – 25 per cent is the level who are over­weight. Obe­sity is a chronic con­di­tion and leads to a lot of prob­lems later in life. I saw chil­dren aged five who had 13 teeth pulled out be­cause of too much choco­late. Preven­tion is the best medicine.’

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