Canada Overweight

You Can't Get Healthy Without Planning Your Meals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Wake up in the morning, late. Grab a coffee and a bagel (they're healthy, right?). Run out the door, get to work. Surprise meeting at 11:30, work through lunch. Decide a salad is the healthy option, but it's a Cesar salad. You had intended to be active during lunch, but because of the meeting, you won't be...

Should We Assume Overweight People Are Lazy or Excessive?

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

With obesity the die is usually cast early. The results of a major study in the US have established that a third of children overweight in kindergarten are obese by the eighth grade. Almost every child who was very obese stayed that way as they grew older. An individual should not be easily blamed for conditions that result from their childhood when they have little control over their well-being.

Actual Things Doctors Have Said to Overweight Patients

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

That we have a widespread anti-fat bias and discrimination out there is no secret. But when this comes from the very people who should be there to provide help and support to those struggling with excess weight, I guess we really have a problem. I asked readers to share the stupidest remarks they have ever heard from a health professional about their weight -- the response was overwhelming.

It's Not the Bad Food That Gets Me, But the Good Desserts

Mary Dimino | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Mary Dimino

I'm fairly health conscious. Oatmeal for breakfast, whole grain breads, salad, chicken, tuna, salmon. I know what to do. It's not the bad food that trips me up. It's the good desserts. What's incomprehensible to me is the idea of having a fantastic dinner without dessert. It finalizes the whole process.

Why Public Health Activists Want to Hide Inconvenient Truths

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.14.2013 | Canada
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

After studying about three million cases, the authors of a new study found that for people who are older than 60, having a body-mass index (BMI) that ranks you as overweight may reduce your mortality risk. And while obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, those at the lowest level of obesity were not more likely to die during a given period than people of normal weight. The reception to this data has not been kind.

Weight Bias: The Bullseye of Bullying

Brad L. Johnson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Brad L. Johnson

Weight bias is one area of bullying that is not only condoned but also seemingly tolerated. Even though most school systems include some type of bullying awareness program in their curriculum, more times than not, overweight children are left out of these programs. Weight bias remains the one area of bullying that receives little or no attention and is not even listed as a factor in many definitions of bullying.

How MMA Can Fix North America's Obesity Problem

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

The UFC's promotion of MMA has kids very aware of the sport. It's starting to make its way into movies, television and mainstream clothing. Why is it good? Every pro MMA athlete I have trained, and been around does two things with meticulous precision. Eat clean and exercise regularly.

A Few Extra Pounds Can Be Good — But Too Many Can Be Deadly

CBC | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Living

A common New Year's resolution is to get in shape and drop a few pounds, but a new review of published studies suggests that people who are carrying a...

Tax Junk Science, Not Junk Food

Patrick Luciani | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada
Patrick Luciani

The media has jumped on a paper that has supposedly found a link between taxing "junk food" and a reduction in obesity. News flash: this is old news. We know that simplistic top-down approaches such as taxation or public announcements telling us to exercise and eat our vegetables don't work.

Stigmatizing the Obese Hurts Everyone

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Prejudices against the overweight seem to develop early. One study found that children as young as three years of age believed fat people were "mean, stupid, ugly, and had few friends." People suffering from emotional distress in connection with weight problems are much less likely to succeed in their efforts to improve their health. For our society in general, a shift in attitude would help.

BMW's 'Plump My Ride' Plan A Sign Of Our Overweight Times

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.04.2012 | Canada Business

In yet another sign (as if we needed one) that people in developed countries are growing fatter, major car manufacturers are altering vehicle designs ...

Canada's Biggest U.S. Import: Fat?

David Gratzer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada Living
David Gratzer

Canadians still aren't quite American in their girth, but our fondness for Timbits takes a toll. If Canada wants to avoid American-style obesity rates, we need to take some thoughtful steps. First, we need to emphasize physical education in our schools.

The Demystification of Glamour: How Working in Fashion Made Me Love My Body

Gail McInnes | Posted 10.19.2011 | Canada
Gail McInnes

Who would have thought being surrounded by hundreds of beautifully, purportedly perfect human specimens would have made me love my body? My image-obsessed 17-year-old self would never have thought so.