Childhood Obesity

Why This Is A No-No For Kids

CBC | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living

Children's weight is influenced by whether they have active video games and if there is a television in the bedroom, according to the results of two n...

Why Canada Needs More 'Free Range' Kids

Paul Barter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Paul Barter

Much is being made these days of the need for children to put down the tablets, remotes and other tech devices and get outside and play. Medical experts and media pundits are keying on health issues, such as childhood obesity and diabetes, as the key driver for increased play. And they are correct; but there are other important reasons: future jobs and economic growth.

Why Most Obese Individuals Who Shed Pounds Gain Them All Back -- And More

Bill Bogart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

There is no easy and straightforward way to surrender our collective obsession with fat. But here are some of the strategies that point the way. Regulation, used properly, has a role in such efforts. First, the prejudice against fat people needs to end. We need to accept individuals of many shape and sizes; judging them by their qualifications and not their weight.

Are Schools Snack-Shaming Children?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

One Toronto school recently has banned the holy trinity of confections: candy, chocolate and pop. From a child's perspective, it can feel like snack-shaming. It almost seems as though the principal is leading a group of lithe bullies, chastising the embarrassed student for unknowingly smuggling a contraband item.

Kids Shouldn't Worry About Halloween Calories

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Kids have started getting excited about the bounty of candy they'll be getting and their parents are getting anxious. There is so much focus being put on the issue of obesity recently that we have become terrified of every calorie and fat gram we consume and are unfortunately, passing this fear on to our kids.

Why Kids Can't Make Informed Food Choices

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

What irks me the most is the whole concept of playing tricks with young minds. Children, wise ones or not so wise ones, should never be put in a position where they, even on rare occasions, are responsible for their own wellbeing.

Can Milk Cut Childhood Obesity Risks?

AFP | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living

A new U.S. study finds that sixth-grade girls who drink two daily servings of milk cut their risks of obesity, and boys of the same age who played on ...

The Scary Truth About TV Dinners

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Eating behaviours of preschoolers, such as having meals while plunked in front of the TV, can lead to elevated cholesterol levels that could...

Fighting Childhood Obesity: Who is Canada's Michelle Obama?

Aqsa Malik | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Aqsa Malik

The First Lady of the U.S. has provided a very visible rallying point in that country -- people respond to her sheer force of personality. Children look up to her; they want to eat their vegetables for her. That's not a policy lever, but no one can say it's not effective. Here in Canada we do not have such a figure.

Little Souls, Big Hearts and Getting Kids Active

Martin Parnell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

Deb Firth, has operated the school running club for the past 7 years. This year there were 167 members, students from kindergarten to grade 5. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8.00am they would head out, with parents and teachers in tow, to run 800m. Now all they had to do was cover a final 2km and they would have, in total, covered a marathon distance.

Are You Doing Enough to Get Your Kids Physically Active this Summer?

Daryl Devonish | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Daryl Devonish

Think about it. You learn to read and a whole new world opens up to you. You can pick up a book on any topic and dive into it for hours, consuming knowledge. Powerful knowledge that helps shape your future. And yet we neglect to teach our kids the ABCs of physical literacy.

B.C. Steps Up Childhood Obesity Fight

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is spending $2 million to expand programs to help overweight children shed some pounds.Health Minister Margaret MacDia...

In the War on Obesity, Is the Government Fighting Fair?

Sara Zborovski | Posted 05.31.2013 | Canada
Sara Zborovski

Gulp! The food industry just won the latest battle in the war on obesity. Last week, a New York State Supreme Court Judge stopped New York City Mayor Bloomberg's plan to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, calling the ban "arbitrary and capricious".

Students Must Exercise Both Body and Mind to Be Successful

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

As a parent, I'm less concerned with the food that's available at my children's school than I am with the physical activity that is NOT. If our school boards think they are doing our kids a favour by keeping them tied to their chairs and computers, they are sadly mistaken. All the professional and financial success in the world means nothing if you don't live long enough to enjoy it.

A Natural Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Many different organizations and health experts have purposed various solutions to solve the western world's obesity epidemic. But the underlying problem to the obesity epidemic is the current population's lack of connectivity to the soil, the environment and the food supply. If we can reconnect our current population with the food supply and the community, we will create a healthier and brighter future for generations to come.

Child Obesity Is Not the Problem

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

While it's become nearly impossible to turn on a TV or read a newspaper without hearing about the obesity epidemic, I believe we are focusing our energy on the wrong problem. Is obesity a serious issue? Yes. But obesity is just one symptom of the real issue which is unhealthy living. By focusing solely on obesity, we are turning a "lifestyle" issue into a "fat" one and are completely missing out on giving people the information they need to be truly healthy. The dangerous part about this is that instead of encouraging people to get healthy we are demanding that they get skinny

Does Mayor Bloomberg Want Us to Be Healthy or Skinny?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

The judge has spoken, the ruling has been been made and our right to drink super sized, sugar loaded beverages remains intact. "The rule prohibits selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces." I have no problem with the government wanting to help us get healthier, but I do have an issue with it just wanting to make us skinnier.

The Root of Canada's Obesity Problem

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

Let's face it -- prior to entering the world of solid foods, most first-time parents are likely hanging on, eating whatever is in sight for their own dinner. The transition from eating as a couple to eating as a family is a HUGE leap and one not to be taken lightly.

Ways to Help Kids Fight Obesity

Rose Reisman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

There isn't a parent I know that doesn't want the food environment to be healthier. Stress and time restraints force many to get the "quick" fix when it comes to food, and fewer families are preparing meals from scratch. Here are some tips to keep your kids healthy.

What's To Blame For The Massive Number Of Obese Children?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Living

Every day, it feels as though we get scarier and scarier news about the state of our nation's health — but the most recent report from Ontario about...

SavvyMom Roundup: Moms in the Media and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It was a fun week. I noticed some celebrity news with Amy and Tina, the Olsen twins looking for more attention, solutions for cold and flu season, help with staying active and more on gun control in the U.S.

Can You Trust the Health Check Logo on Your Food?

Kapil Khatter | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

The Health Check program is meant to help those going to restaurants and fast food restaurants to make better menu choices. But when you search their product list for Health Check'd vegetables there are zero. Health Check is in need of a makeover. The program needs to promote fresh fruit not fruit juice; it needs to encourage eating at home not at restaurants. Or it needs to cease and desist.

The Video the Food Industry Doesn't Want You to See

Yoni Freedhoff M.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Living
Yoni Freedhoff M.D.

A little over a month ago I was invited to a food industry breakfast to offer my comments on how the food industry might help in improving the health of our society. Unfortunately, just three days prior to the event, I was uninvited without the courtesy of an explanation or an apology. So I decided to record my talk and post it online.

Obesity Odds May Be Higher For Children In Daycare

CBC | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living

The nutrition and physical activity levels of children who are in daycare need to be investigated, recommend Quebec researchers, who report higher lev...

For Kids, Playing Is Not a Waste of Time

Kelly Murumets | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Play is not only an easy, accessible and affordable way to get children more physically active, but it has the potential to improve a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being. It's not a frill or a waste of time. According to the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, play has been shown to improve and foster motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem solving and the ability to control emotions.