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Ireland's growing weight problem is linked to a range of causes including generations of overeating following historic poverty, experts said Thursday, after a study indicated it would become one of Europe's fattest nations.World Health Organization statistics Wednesday indicated that, on current trends, 89 percent of Irish men are likely to be overweight by 2030 and 48 percent obese. While obesity is a problem in many European countries, experts suggested there could be some elements particular to Ireland. Obesity is a preventable condition mainly caused by lifestyle factors and is a growing cause of disease and disability around the world.Ireland's Department of Health has made tackling obesity a priority and will publish a policy framework later this year.Operation Transformation, which follows five people as they attempt to lose weight, is a television sensation in Ireland attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers each week.
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