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The Medical Independent first revealed in July that Prof O’Shea was set to fill the new post. The consultant endocrinologist and physician based in St. Vincent’s University Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital said he was “delighted” to take on the new role.
“There is a real commitment within the health service now to act at every stage in the cycle of obesity – from vital prevention right through to recognizing and then managing overweight and obesity,” said Prof O’Shea.
“It is coming up to 1 year since the publication of the ‘Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan’ by the Department of Health. That plan is a comprehensive roadmap that outlines the multi-sector and whole of government efforts that will be needed to help communities and individuals make sustainable lifestyle changes.
“It simply has to happen. There is no magic bullet for the challenge posed by obesity. Somehow we have to get this whole of government, whole of industry and whole of society approach to come alive – and take obesity on.”
As Clinical Lead for Obesity, Professor O’Shea will be seconded from his clinical post two days a week to work with the HSE Healthy Eating Active Living Policy Programme.