Signs on Irish hospital stairs reveal number of calories burned

Signs on Irish hospital stairs reveal number of calories burned

Children’s ward in Dublin hospital with signs on the stairs to show the number of calories burned by walking is branded ‘inappropriate’ – but some insist it’s ‘good motivation’

  • Amanda Lynch took to Twitter to share her shock after discovering the signs
  • Posters on the hospital stairs detail number of calories burned with each step
  • Some were as disgusted as Amanda and others said they were good ‘motivation’

A Twitter user has shared her disgust after discovering signs on stairs in a hospital which detail the number of calories burned with each step.

Amanda Lynch took to her social media platform yesterday to share her shock and show photographs of the stickers apparently placed on the stairs in Tallaght Hospital in Ireland. 

She wrote: ‘Wow! These are the stairs to the children’s ward in Tallaght Hospital! WTF! Absolutely no need for this in a hospital! Especially for kids.’

Others agreed with Amanda, sharing their alarm at the posters, while some suggested they were good for ‘motivation’ and that the stairs were mostly only intended to be used by the staff. 

Several Twitter users also noted that Tallaght Hospital is not the only hospital to use the signs, which show the number of calories burned after several steps.


A Twitter user has shared her disgust after discovering signs on stairs (pictured left and right) in a hospital which detail the number of calories burned with each step

Amanda Lynch took to her social media platform yesterday to share her shock and show photographs of the stickers apparently placed on the stairs in Tallaght Hospital (pictured) in Ireland

She wrote (pictured): ‘Wow! These are the stairs to the children’s ward in Tallaght Hospital! WTF! Absolutely no need for this in a hospital! Especially for kids.’

MailOnline has contacted Tallaght Hospital for comment.

One person wrote on the thread: ‘What is that?! Outrageous. As parents, we try so hard to promote positive body image and healthy relationships with food then we have the likes of this to contend with. It’s just not necessary.’

Another said: ‘It’s such a slippery slope. This is not helpful language for children and I fail to see its relevance in this setting.’

A third added: ‘Nope I wouldn’t be happy with that,’ while a fourth wrote: ‘That’s really inappropriate.’ 

Reaction: Other social media users agreed with Amanda, sharing their alarm at the posters

Amanda tagged Bodywhys, the Eating Disorders Association of Ireland, which supports people affected by eating disorders, including family and friends, in her tweet.

MailOnline has contacted Bodywhys for comment.

Not everyone was as offended by the signs, with one person writing: ‘To be fair, kids aren’t reading that. It’s a bit of motivation for people.’

Another said: ‘It’s an initiative I think to take the stairs… I don’t see anything wrong with it… maybe it’s for the adults or the staff.’

A third Twitter user joked: ‘I heard they promote diet and exercise in these places too… omg.’

Some suggested they were good for ‘motivation’ and that the stairs were mostly only intended to be used by the staff

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