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16 January 2009

PN HSSPS 02/08/09


Individuals and organisations are being encouraged to respond to an inquiry into obesity. The inquiry is being carried out by the Assembly Health Committee to examine the current approach to tackling obesity and its impact on health and well-being.

As part of the inquiry the Committee will:

The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee, Michelle O’Neill MLA, said: “The Committee is acutely concerned at the rising levels of obesity in our society, especially among our young people. We are conscious that obesity is a very significant underlying factor in many patients who suffer from cardiac problems, respiratory illnesses, diabetes and other diseases. It has been estimated that 450 deaths each year are attributable to obesity and that it costs the local economy about £500 million a year. Through this inquiry the Committee wishes to ensure that everything possible is being done to bring about meaningful lifestyle changes and that effective services are in place to treat and support people with obesity related illnesses.”

Individuals or organisations with an interest in this matter are invited to submit up to 2000 words in a Word file or by e-mail to . A single additional hard copy should also be sent in the post addressed to the Clerk of the Committee at Room 412, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast BT4 3XX.

The deadline for submission is 20 February 2009. Written evidence submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Notes to Editor:

Committee Membership:
Mrs Iris Robinson MP (DUP) (Chairperson); Ms Michelle O’Neill (SF) (Deputy Chairperson); Mr Thomas Buchanan (DUP); Dr Kieran Deeny (IHC); Mr Alex Easton (DUP); Mr Tommy Gallagher (SDLP); Mr Sam Gardiner (UUP); Mrs Carmel Hanna (SDLP); Mr John McCallister (UUP); Ms Claire McGill (SF); Ms Sue Ramsey (SF)

Media Enquiries to:
Debra Savage, Northern Ireland Assembly Information Office, Room B2, Parliament Buildings, Belfast BT4 3XX.
Tel No: 02890-521405. Mobile. 07920864221. Fax: 02890 521961.
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