Obesity Epidemic

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 Doctors Part of The Obesity Problem?

David Gratzer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
David Gratzer

If Canada has a weight issue (and increasing amount of studies say that it definitely does), should our physicians be doing more? The answer seems to be yes, but the problem is that docs aren't doing much in terms of preventative care for their patients.

The Case Against Taxing Soda

David Gratzer | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

The biggest target of obesity in North America? Soda. Many experts now claim that soda is the new tobacco -- indeed, Google those terms and you get more than 7 million hits. For them, Coke is the new Camel. Let me take a step back and note the basic problem in fighting obesity like we fought tobacco.

Obesity Surgery Cuts Heart, Diabetes Risk, Study Indicates

CBC | Posted 11.18.2012 | Canada Living

Some people who are severely obese and have gastric bypass surgery may be able to keep weight off for six years, giving them reduced risks of cardiova...

Emotional Overeating Part 2: How to Tell if You're Doing it

Marcia Sirota | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

2012-09-06-bookcover.jpg So, how do you know that you have disordered eating? What differentiates a mild or moderate over-eater from a more serious one is related to two fundamental factors: the degree to which you've been wounded emotionally, and the degree to which food has become the solution to your emotional needs.

Obesity Doesn't Always Mean Unfit

CBC | Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada Living

Some obese people can be just as fit as those of a normal weight and carry no greater risk of developing heart disease or cancer, studies suggest. ...

Politicians Face Trending Scandal: FatGate

David Gratzer | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics
David Gratzer

Only a few years ago, if you'd attacked a politician for his weight, or complained about where she ate her dinner, it would be seen as poor form. Reporters could write about a politician's views on taxes and trade, but the burgers and buns on his dinner plate were off limits. How times have changed.The fight against obesity has mobilized a growing number of public health zealots, who've taken a punitive, selective and judgmental approach to anti-obesity policy.

WATCH: Is This What Obesity Looks Like?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Living

Before you think about getting a greasy hamburger for dinner, you might want to watch this video. An Australian obesity awareness and healthy livin...

Taking Action on Obesity

Silken Laumann | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. David Butler Jones warns that if we continue on this trajectory by 2023, 70% of Canadians will be overweight or obese....

Can You Be Fat and Healthy? Yes, But Most People Are Not

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.05.2012 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

To many readers, the very idea that you can carry excess weight and still be healthy may sound like an oxymoron. After all, is excess body fat not strongly associated with a wide range of health problems from diabetes to sleep apnea and from arthritis to cancer? Yes it is, but not in everyone.

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 ...

Shifting to Second Gear in Obesity Prevention

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 07.29.2011 | Canada
Arya M. Sharma, MD

The question no longer is how to help thin people stay thin. With two-thirds of the population now overweight or obese, we must accept that primary prevention has failed.