Canada Obesity

We Need To Address The Rising Rates Of Kidney Failure

Mariette J. Chartier | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Mariette J. Chartier

As many as 40,000 people in Canada are affected by kidney failure. Debilitating symptoms, decreased quality of life, mental health issues, financial challenges and frequent need for medical visits and hospitalizations significantly impact the lives of people with kidney failure.

Aerobic Exercise Helps You Live Longer -- Unless You're Obese

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living

The "fat but fit" idea is likely just a myth.

We Can Improve Our Eating Habits By Returning To Our Roots

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Why does your culture matter when it comes to your food choices? What we all should have in common as our birthright is a healthy heart, a strong body, extraordinary energy, and a long and healthy life -- all of which we would be enabled to by access to nutritious and delicious foods.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Inequality Is Widening The Gap Between Fit And Fat

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity rates and diseases stemming from weight problems continue to rise. While healthy eating and regular exercise have become commonplace among the educated and affluent, the less fortunate show little signs of improvement regardless of efforts by health experts and government policy makers.

Mexico's Soda Tax Isn't Going to Reduce Obesity

Patrick Luciani | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
Patrick Luciani

Now we have two reasons to be skeptical about Mexico's soda tax effectiveness: very little incentive to substitute to other drinks and not much pass through to consumers. Based on that we can expect the Mexican tax to be a bust both on the consumer's pocketbook and health.

Fat Taxes a Naïve Prescription for Canadian Health

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Bateman

They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.

This Weight Loss Calculator Is Holding You Accountable

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living

Using an online calculator to help you lose (or gain) weight isn't a new concept, but asking people what they're willing to do to see change is. L...

How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery. The practice has been around since the 1960s and involves restricting the volume of the stomach either with a band or through surgical removal of a large part of the stomach organ. There's also another factor in determining the benefit of this surgery: the microbes living in the gut. The tens of trillions of bacteria can also be affected by the change. Although this was known hypothetically for years, in 2010, it was shown for the first time.

Why You Should Eat More Low Glycemic Foods

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the glycemic index has been shown to do just that.

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.

Canada's Getting Fatter. This Is Where It's At Its Worst.

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Living

The number of men who report being obese sat at 21.8 per cent in 2014, up from just over 15 per cent in 2003. The proportion of obese women grew from 14.5 per cent to 18.7 per cent in the same time frame.

Is Mexico's Sugary Beverage Tax Effective Against Reducing Obesity?

Patrick Luciani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Patrick Luciani

Just as soda sales are declining in the U.S. and Canada, similar changes are taking place in Mexico. Increasing the price of any product leads to lower demand. However, that's not the only factor involved in declining sales.

Why Doctors Avoid The Topic Of Maternal Obesity

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Parents

Maternal obesity has become a national problem, but it’s an issue that often gets swept under the rug. According to the American College of Obst...

Not One (Plus) Size Fits All

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When it comes to treating weight problems, even experts believe that similar methods can be applied almost universally: Put your patients on a diet, have them engage in regular exercise, and, if all else fails, recommend some surgical procedure. What gets rarely looked at are the differences between overweight individuals that may have led to their unhealthy weight gain in the first place.

Understanding These 6 Obesity Types Might Help With Weightloss

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

(Relaxnews) - There are six major types of obesity, according to a study conducted in the US and the UK. To battle the disease more effectively, the r...

Should Healthy Foods Be Marketed to Kids?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada
Bill Bogart

A campaign to advertise healthy foods to youngsters, fruits and vegetables has emerged from the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit. But, in reality, I fear that it may do more harm than good especially if it is taken up in this country. All promotions to children, because of their age and lack of development, can end up manipulating them.

The U.S. Is No Model on Marketing Food to Kids

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Recently Healthy Eating Research (HER), in the U.S., released a report on food marketing to kids, an issues brief with recommendations. But its recommendations are disappointing. The report does little except tweak the U.S. food industry's voluntary guidelines regarding marketing to children.

Why Obesity Is Such a Huge Problem to Tackle

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

By the end of this decade, diseases stemming from poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle choices will top all other causes of death worldwide. At the same time, there are no effective policies in place to tackle the most pressing problems such as the obesity epidemic and other so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Should We Reward People for Healthy Living?

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

Governments and the private sector should engage in more of these experiments, particularly in terms of promoting healthy choices. If incentives work they can save a lot of dollars over time for the health care system etc. Governments need to take the long term view, especially in terms of well being. But that's easier said than done.

Five Things Every Canadian Should Know About Obesity

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carolyn Shimmin

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians living with obesity over the past few decades and it is often cited as a risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. This means that obesity is frequently a hot topic in the news. But media stories often miss the mark when it comes to informing Canadians about the complex factors that lead to obesity.

Eating More Of This Could Mean Weighing Less

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living

The secret to slimming down might be hidden inside spicy chili peppers. Researchers at University of Wyoming believe the fiery capsaicin found in c...

To Make Canadians Healthier We Need the Law

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A recent study in 43 countries concluded that children in schools where tobacco-free policies were firmly enforced were much less likely to smoke. However, anti-smoking lessons in classrooms had little impact on smoking rates. Not a surprise. Educational campaigns seeking to change people's behaviour regarding consumption are notoriously unsuccessful, by themselves, whether in terms of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, drugs, or non-nutritious eating. The claims of education can sometimes be pretty grand.

Why Canada Needs Better Nutrition Labels on Our Food

John Millar | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
John Millar

As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.

Why Is KFC Trying To Give Us New Ways to Kill Ourselves?

Theresa Albert | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada
Theresa Albert

It's shameful, really, that KFC keeps finding new ways for us to kill ourselves. Double down dog. Go on, I double dog dare you to ingest it. It is onl...