Photographer's Note

I couldn't resist temptation to make this shot and now to post it here. I stood on the other side of the street, so there are some reflections in the windows. Walking around Dublin I have observed that there are so many fat people, very often quite young. Something like in Scotland. This observation is justified, obesity is a health problem in Ireland. According to health report, in Ireland at the present time 39% of adults are overweight and 18% are obese. Of these, slightly more men than women are obese and there is a higher incidence of the disease in lower socio-economic groups.The prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased with alarming speed over the past twenty years. It has recently been described by the World Health Organisation as a 'global epidemic'. In the year 2000 more than 300 million people worldwide were obese and it is now projected that by 2025 up to half the population of the United States will be obese if current trends are maintained. The disease is now a major public health problem throughout Europe.

Most worrying of all is the fact that childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Europe.

he most convenient way of measuring obesity is to compare a person’s weight with their height, and this is done using the body mass index BMI. BMI is your weight in kilos divided by your height in metres squared. The number for adults should be between 20 and 25, in order for your weight to be considered ideal for your height. Under 20 is underweight, and over 25 is overweight.

Well, I am afraid that after Christmas my BMI have risen. First, days spent in the kitchen near the stove and sink, then sitting and eating... .

I hope that you all were good during 2013 and Santa was generous. And your BMI is not much higher than before the holidays :)

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