Childhood Obesity

Childhood Obesity Is an Adult Problem

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As childhood obesity rates continue to rise worldwide, we are now approaching the level of a major public health crisis. While that is common knowledge among experts, the alarming news doesn't seem to reach millions upon millions of parents who keep overfeeding their offspring with unhealthy meals and fattening treats

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).

Malnourished Kids Don't Always Look The Way You Think

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease and metabolic syndromes. It leads to a deterioration in the quality of our life and often the length, too. Some experts have gone as far as saying childhood obesity is such an epidemic that this current generation of youngsters will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents!

WATCH: This Is How Obesity Begins

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Living

Obesity doesn't happen overnight. It's a lifetime of choices and bad habits -- many of which begin early on. In the video above, posted on YouTube...

There's A Good Reason Why So Many Kids Aren't Playing Sports

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Living

Several young Canadians are not participating in organized sports, and the reason is clear: the cost is just too high. So says a poll commissioned ...

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Why the McDonald's Nutrition Ambassador 'Mr. Happy' Makes Me Sad

Tosca Reno | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Living
Tosca Reno

Say hello to "Mr. Happy," McDonald's new ambassador of nutrition. Yes, nutrition and McDonald's are now in the same sentence! I'm scared and sad. I don't want to learn from a box. I don't want to learn from a scary, big toothed, slightly creepy object. How am I supposed to trust that? Nutrition needs to be clean, whole, nutrient dense and not in a box. I can make a fast food meal that's more nutritious and much faster than McDonald's can -- raw spinach greens, easy over eggs and a green smoothie. It would take 10 minutes flat and I wouldn't have to leave my house or put expensive, air polluting gas in the car!

Why This Is A No-No For Kids

CBC | Posted 05.03.2014 | 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.