Canada Obesity

The Disease That Causes Unusual Weight Gain in 17 Million Women

The Purple Fig | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

For more than a decade, I searched for an answer, a cure, for the symptoms causing my life to slip away from me. Initially, doctors assumed the swelling in my legs was a result of fluid coming from my veins. I underwent five different surgeries in hopes of change, but in each case was left disappointed.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

What I Miss About Being 300 Pounds

Kelly Coffey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

I used to weigh more than 300 pounds. In 2003 I lost more than half my body weight. You might think that when I reflect on my 300-pound self that it would be with disdain or pity. Hell no. The longer I'm thin, though, the more I miss the gifts of living in a body so big that people often turned away. It may sound strange to some, but here are five things I miss about my old, obese self.

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.

This One Simple Change Can Reduce Urban Crime

Jon Packer | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

The perceived broken window theory is that poorly maintained areas lead to vandalism and increasingly more serious crimes. Creating well-lit, walkable communities that encourage pedestrian traffic and neighbourly interaction, as well as cycle path safety are critical in building a civic pride culture that will reduce crime.

Fight Obesity With Education

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.

Canada's Obesity Rates Triple

CBC | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living

Obesity rates in Canada have tripled between 1985 and 2011, according to a study from Memorial University in St. John's. Dr. L.K. Twells analy...

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...

Can People Control Obesity?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.

Ever Felt Drunk When You're Just Really Tired? There's A Reason For That

CBC | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living

Two Ottawa-based sleep doctors are sounding the alarm about the consequences of sleep deprivation. Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist based at Otta...

The Biggest Loser Celebrates the Skinniest Bodies, Not the Healthiest

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Having experienced life with an eating disorder myself, I fear what lies ahead for Rachel. Right now her entire self-worth is being based on how she looks and how much weight she lost. What's going to happen if her body fights back and puts on a few pounds? How will she feel about herself then?

This Country's Put On Weight

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada

LONDON - More than 60 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, according to new figures by the national public health agency.The figures...

Obesity and Health Just Don't Go Together

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

For quite a while some experts believed that a little extra body fat would not necessarily trigger health problems like metabolic syndrome, a cluster of diseases that often accompanies weight gain. But all that may just be fantasy, according to a recent study from Canada.

Apps for Weight Loss?

Jill Parnell | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Jill Parnell

Applications (apps) on smartphones are accessible, convenient, inexpensive, and have the potential to be far reaching BUT can they be effective for weight loss? The public and software developers certainly think so, as there are an estimated 400 iTunes apps and 480 Android apps available in the "health and fitness" category with 30 specifically designed for weight loss including self-monitoring (1).

I'm Fat and Proud No Matter What Chip Wilson Says

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson, recently said that the problem with his company's yoga pants is really a problem with some women's bodies. It appears they believe that plus-sized women don't engage in yoga, and what's more, they shouldn't deserve to. Why? Because their bodies don't work with Lululemon's vision of what someone engaging in yoga should look like.

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.

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.

How Germs Can Get Into Your Fat and Make You Miserable

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.

Why Are Fit Mom or Fat Mom the Only Options?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

My problem isn't with Maria as a person. I don't believe that she was intentionally trying to hurt anyone, and there's a very good chance that she had no idea how this image would add major fuel to the already blazing fire of contempt in a society that glorifies the skinniest bodies and demonizes pretty much everything else.

How Trying to Control Your Weight Is Like Running Down the Up Escalator (Part 2)

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It makes a lot of sense to first deal with what took you to the top before beginning your journey down that up-escalator. Clearly, simply jumping on that escalator without first dealing with the underlying problem will make losing weight and keeping it off so much more difficult -- remember, running down the escalator with no baggage is already hard enough.

How Trying to Control Your Weight Is like Running Down the Up Escalator

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

One of the games I used to play as a kid was to run down the up escalator. To get to the bottom, I had to run down faster than the escalator was moving upwards. If I ran any slower, the escalator would take me back to the top. I use this analogy with my patients to help them understand the incredible challenge of losing weight and keeping it off.

Busy Schedule? Try These Easy Ways to Eat Healthy On the Go

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

Rushing though meals, eating junk food or snacking late at night are unfortunately too typical habits of our modern day existence. An unhealthy diet has serious repercussions, and can result in depleted energy, stress, and illness. But being busy doesn't necessarily mean having to forgo healthy eating habits; it just requires some knowledge and organization.

Fast Food is Poison. Why Are We Still Selling it?

Grant Gordon | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Grant Gordon

We shared recipes and simple ideas for students (and their parents) to make healthy, yummy, affordable food. Because fast food won't change -- it's made by scientists in white lab coats to be as cheap and addictive as possible -- the only way to stick it to fast food is to replace fast food with quick and delicious real food.

Five Things You Should Know About Probiotics

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

What is your gut instinct telling you about probiotics? Do you need more information? You're not alone. Over the past decade, dietitians and gastroenterologists have been discovering exciting new findings about probiotics, the gut and health. Here are my top five facts that will help you understand probiotics.

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.