Press Release Wednesday 13 June 2012
Dr James Reilly Minister for Health today launched two publications
which provide general information and advice which complement many of the
actions this Government is taking on obesity. The booklets, “Your Guide to
Healthy Eating Using the Food Pyramid” from the Department of Health and
the complementary FSAI resource for Health Professionals, “Healthy Eating and
Active Living for Adults, Teenagers and Children over 5 years – A Food Guide
for Health Professionals and Catering Services” are aimed at everyone from
age 5 years upwards.
The Minister said: “The Guidelines are user friendly with each shelf of
the food pyramid given a two page spread of information and pictorial emphasis
and contain simple messages about everyday food choices. While parents should
have a guide to children’s appetites and the speed of their growth, these
guidelines strongly recommend a concentration on the size of portion of food
The Minister also pointed out the main changes to the food pyramid,
saying that the top shelf of the food pyramid had changed. “The revised
guidelines now focus on typical foods and drinks from this Shelf that contain
approximately 100 calories and the need to restrict servings per day to 1
serving maximum. Focusing specifically on reducing Top Shelf foods and drinks
is the Department of Health’s key healthy eating message.
Alcohol is now also included on the top shelf as it provides
”The Minister welcomed the Food Safety Authority of Ireland complementary food
guide for health professionals and catering services: “Healthy Eating and
Active Living for Adults, Teenagers and Children over 5 Years". This
resource was developed by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland of Ireland, in
conjunction with the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and
Speaking at the announcement Prof Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, Food
Safety Authority of Ireland stated that this is the first time there has been
detailed healthy eating advice for health professionals tailored to meet the
needs of different age and gender groups in Ireland.“Our new healthy eating
advice is based on the best scientific advice available to us and was developed
using Irish consumption data. Thus, it is modelled for our specific dietary
behaviours in Ireland and gives guidelines for people across four age groups
from 5 to 51 + years leading active and non-active lifestyles. In addition, we
have given specific advice where dietary intake in Ireland is deficient
(vitamin D in all age groups and calcium in children aged 9 to 13 years”.
The FSAI resource for professionals, complements the general population
guidelines provided in the Department’s booklet. The advice is formulated into
four different age groups and shows how food needs vary according to gender.
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