Canada Obesity

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...

There Is More to Obesity Than 'Calories In, Calories Out'

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A recent study has tied body mass index (BMI) to pollutants. That investigation suggests that exposure to second hand smoke and roadway traffic may be linked to increased BMI in children and adolescents. Several other studies and reports also raise fears about pollutants and other chemicals and their links to obesity.

A 'Pacemaker' Can Help Obese People Lose Weight

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Living

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a new kind of pacemaker-like device that aims to help people lose weight by stimulating a nerve that runs from t...

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Why Obesity Shouldn't Be Considered a Disability

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Obese people, perhaps especially women, face a lot of discrimination. A question that is increasingly asked is whether they should be legally protected from acts of prejudice. Shouldn't people who are obese be judged on their merits with regard to jobs, education, health care etc. and not on their size? As we discuss what should be the legal approach to bias against obese people, let's also change our attitudes. Let's salute nutritious eating/drinking and physical activity for everyone. But let's not allow the size of people to dominate our judgment of them. The Jazzercise instructor had it right: it's time to assess everyone "on my merits, not my measurements".

Can Pollution Cause Obesity?

Bill Bogart | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

At the same time there is more to obesity than "calories in/calories out." A case in point is a recent study tying body mass index (BMI) to pollutants. That investigation suggests that exposure to second-hand smoke and roadway traffic may be linked to increased BMI in children and adolescents. These studies and reports on pollutants and other chemicals contribute to the movement challenging the causes of obesity as simple caloric explanations. We have much more to learn about the complexities concerning excessive weight gain.

Study Suggests Obesity Can Shave Years Off Lives

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study suggests obesity can shave years off lives and — before it does — dramatically increase the time obese people spend dealing ...

Why Food Labelling Won't Lead to Sustainable Weight Loss for the Obese

Bill Bogart | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Caloric labelling is a recent strategy in combatting obesity. It's been tried in the United States in various cities and states. Something similar, in fact, happened in the battle against smoking. No one intervention brought down the rate. Instead a variety of legal strategies (banning sales to children, restricting advertising, mandating warnings, imposing high taxes etc.) working together significantly cut the numbers who use cigarettes.

Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The idea that providing more information about food served in restaurants, such as calorie and fat content, would reduce the risk of weight problems has widely been greeted with skepticism and outright rejection. Now a new study presented at the Second Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in Boston showed that calorie labeling on menus can indeed influence the choices people make.

"The Shape We're In": Is the Sun Setting on 'Big Food's' Glory Days?

Bill Bogart | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Sales of sugary cereals are declining, purchases of soft drinks have been sagging for some time. Of course, much more needs to change but these and other shifts are causing grumbling in the boardrooms of Junk Food Inc.