Obese: the 55-64 years age group has the highest levels of obesity. I believe that this is due to a sedentary lifestyle. At this age, people are finding it more difficult to take part in strenuous activities such as high-intensity sports. People at this age may also have sedentary jobs e.g. working in an office. This may increase obesity levels due to a lack of movement.
Overweight: the 15-24 years age group has the lowest amount of people overweight. I think that this is due to the very active lifestyle young people have. PE is a mandatory subject in all schools in Ireland which promotes healthy BMI levels. Just under half of 25-34 years olds are overweight. This is a big number for people so young. I think that this is a result of the stress that comes with moving into adulthood and the workforce. This would result in a lack of exercise and unhealthy eating.
Normal Weight: over 60% of the 15-24 year age group are of normal weight. I think that this is because of the large number of children that are involved in sports and physical activities. The number of people that are of “normal weight” decreases as they get older. I think that many factors such as increased alcohol consumption, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of movement influence this.
Underweight: the 15-24 year age group has the highest number of people underweight. I think the influence of social media and diet culture has a major impact on this. Young people are suffering from low self-esteem and poor body image as a result of social media. We are seeing around 4% of people in this age group underweight.