Home Economics to be made compulsory in fight against obesity

A report by the Joint Oireachtas Children and Youth Affairs Committee on tackling obesity has recommended that Home Economics be introduced as a compulsory Junior Cycle subject.

The report claims that as many as one in four children are overweight or obese, and that the prevalence of obesity among children and young adults is one of the most urgent health concerns facing policy makers.

Amanda McCloat is Head of Home Economics at St Angela’s College in Sligo, she claims that the move would be a very effective in promoting healthy lifestyles with students.