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Future Shock: Fat NationRTÉ One, Monday 7 January 2008, 9.30pm

Future Shock: Fat Nation

Imagine an Ireland where fat camps, baby gyms and stomach stapling are the norm. Imagine an Ireland where childhood diabetes is commonplace and the health service can no longer cope with the incidences of heart disease and cancer. Well, it might not be so far away. Our children are fat, and getting fatter: official statistics state that one in four Irish boys and nearly one in three Irish girls are now overweight. The implications for their health, and for the health services are massive.

Futureshock: Fat Nation investigates the obesity crisis that's costing the country ¤400 million a year and which could yet bankrupt the HSE. The programme exposes the massive health implications of childhood obesity: from the growing incidences of diabetes to heart disease and even cancer.

Journalist Kathryn Holmquist compares Ireland's eating disorder with that of the UK and the US and reveals just what's coming down the tracks for us if we don't take stock of what we're eating. And she asks why, in spite of the obvious massive health and cost implications for the nation, the recommendations of the Government's Obesity Taskforce have been ignored.

Is this the future you want?

Kathryn Holmquist gets a health check
Kathryn Holmquist gets a health check
Kathryn Holmquist helps a consumer check nuturitional information
Kathryn Holmquist helps a consumer check nuturitional information