Canada Obesity

Why Canada Needs Better Nutrition Labels on Our Food

John Millar | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
John Millar

As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.

Why Is KFC Trying To Give Us New Ways to Kill Ourselves?

Theresa Albert | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada
Theresa Albert

It's shameful, really, that KFC keeps finding new ways for us to kill ourselves. Double down dog. Go on, I double dog dare you to ingest it. It is onl...

There Is More to Obesity Than 'Calories In, Calories Out'

Bill Bogart | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

A recent study has tied body mass index (BMI) to pollutants. That investigation suggests that exposure to second hand smoke and roadway traffic may be linked to increased BMI in children and adolescents. Several other studies and reports also raise fears about pollutants and other chemicals and their links to obesity.

A 'Pacemaker' Can Help Obese People Lose Weight

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Living

U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a new kind of pacemaker-like device that aims to help people lose weight by stimulating a nerve that runs from t...

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Why Obesity Shouldn't Be Considered a Disability

Bill Bogart | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Obese people, perhaps especially women, face a lot of discrimination. A question that is increasingly asked is whether they should be legally protected from acts of prejudice. Shouldn't people who are obese be judged on their merits with regard to jobs, education, health care etc. and not on their size? As we discuss what should be the legal approach to bias against obese people, let's also change our attitudes. Let's salute nutritious eating/drinking and physical activity for everyone. But let's not allow the size of people to dominate our judgment of them. The Jazzercise instructor had it right: it's time to assess everyone "on my merits, not my measurements".

Can Pollution Cause Obesity?

Bill Bogart | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

At the same time there is more to obesity than "calories in/calories out." A case in point is a recent study tying body mass index (BMI) to pollutants. That investigation suggests that exposure to second-hand smoke and roadway traffic may be linked to increased BMI in children and adolescents. These studies and reports on pollutants and other chemicals contribute to the movement challenging the causes of obesity as simple caloric explanations. We have much more to learn about the complexities concerning excessive weight gain.

Study Suggests Obesity Can Shave Years Off Lives

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living

TORONTO - A new study suggests obesity can shave years off lives and — before it does — dramatically increase the time obese people spend dealing ...

Why Food Labelling Won't Lead to Sustainable Weight Loss for the Obese

Bill Bogart | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Caloric labelling is a recent strategy in combatting obesity. It's been tried in the United States in various cities and states. Something similar, in fact, happened in the battle against smoking. No one intervention brought down the rate. Instead a variety of legal strategies (banning sales to children, restricting advertising, mandating warnings, imposing high taxes etc.) working together significantly cut the numbers who use cigarettes.

Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The idea that providing more information about food served in restaurants, such as calorie and fat content, would reduce the risk of weight problems has widely been greeted with skepticism and outright rejection. Now a new study presented at the Second Annual Obesity Journal Symposium in Boston showed that calorie labeling on menus can indeed influence the choices people make.

"The Shape We're In": Is the Sun Setting on 'Big Food's' Glory Days?

Bill Bogart | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Sales of sugary cereals are declining, purchases of soft drinks have been sagging for some time. Of course, much more needs to change but these and other shifts are causing grumbling in the boardrooms of Junk Food Inc.

Germs Suffer "Jet Lag" And Can Make You Fat

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

One particular consequence of an altered circadian rhythm is altered glucose utilization leading to increases in weight gain, obesity and even diabetes. The reason for this has been examined at the molecular level and some paths to problems have been elucidated.

Pushing Back Against Fat-Shaming Is in Fashion

Bill Bogart | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The lives of fat women are not easy. But there are hopeful signs that fat people and their allies are pushing back against the prejudice that surrounds them. And there are some interesting developments focused on young people, especially girls.

Weight Problems Can Stick With a Family for Generations

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

The question whether obesity is solely caused by diet and lifestyle choices or whether a person's genetic make-up plays a role as well has long been debated among scientists without producing conclusive answers. One recently completed study tried to shed more light on this issue by following entire families over several generations.

The Bad News About Artificial Sweeteners

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been a rather tough year for artificial sweeteners. In that time, three new studies have been released suggesting they are poor substitutes for sugar. In the spring, an investigation into their use revealed a disconcerting association with the onset of depression. Then, a long-term analysis of their use revealed they may contribute to overall weight gain.

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Bogart

This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.

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!

How the Government Can Make Kids' Sports More Affordable

Bill Bogart | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The idea is simple: children need to be more active. Governments have a role to play in encouraging kids to exercise more. A survey found that parents who had children enrolled in activities spent, on average, $1,000 a year for each child. But here let's look at the Canadian Children's Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) as one important means of lowering costs and increasing access for kids' participation.

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 ...

How to Fight Midlife Weight Gain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

As we age, our bodies are less responsive to the typical caloric equation of weight loss; i.e. less calories in and more calories out. Indeed, new science is revealing that age-related weight gain has very little to do with caloric balance and much more to do with the altered physiology of the aging body and adverse environmental and lifestyle factors.

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.

Canola Oil Could Actually Help With Diabetes, Cholesterol: Study

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Canola is Canada's oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Food Addiction Is Real and We Need To Talk About It

Kelly Coffey | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

Only by calling food addiction by its proper name can we begin to speak frankly about how to help one another recover. Until then, food addicts like me will continue to struggle to control that which cannot be controlled. Many will keep trying, and failing, to "eat like a normal person." And many will decide, like I did, that their inability to change is simply a sign of weakness.

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!

Don't Believe the Magical Claims of That New Weight Loss Program

Bill Bogart | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

New weight loss programs are making some attempts to shift the emphasis away from a preoccupation with calories toward more nutritiously sound eating generally. But the fact remains that their success is in large part predicated on their customers' failure.