Canada Obesity

Posting Calorie Values on Menus Shows Long-Term Success

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.14.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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.

Just One More Reason To Hate Everyone In B.C.

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Statistics Canada released new numbers on obesity Wednesday and the message is clear: British Columbians are the fittest of all. Prevalence Of Obes...

We're Getting Fatter, But Doing It Slower

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Living

Canadians rank among the world's fattest people, but the rate at which waistlines are expanding has been slowing in recent years. So says a report ...

Get Your Kids Away From the TV and Outside To Play

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The assessment compared our kids, in nine categories of activity, to those in 14 other countries. Canada received an overall grade of D- putting it behind nations such as Mexico, Kenya, and Nigeria. Our toddlers do pretty well: 84 per cent of kids 3 and 4 get the recommended 180 minutes of daily exercise. After that activity levels fall.

Let's Have a Grown Up Discussion About Obesity

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nadeem Esmail

Experience suggests that policies like fat/'junk food' taxes, vending machine bans, menu labelling requirements, reduced availability of particular foods, simplified or directive food labels, graphic warning labels, zoning restrictions, and advertising restrictions, will not be successful at reducing the prevalence of excess weight.

This Report on Obesity Has Good Points and Bad Conclusions

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

The Fraser Institute's report "Obesity in Canada: Overstated Problems, Misguided Policy Solutions" makes lots of good points. But its conclusions based on these good points demonstrate animosity to regulatory intervention that has any whiff of interference with its vision of market forces.

Calling Girls 'Fat' Can Lead To This

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living

Girls who were told they were fat at the age of 10 are more likely to be obese at the age of 19, according to the results of a new US study. The fi...

Is The Obesity Epidemic A Myth?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living

There is no obesity epidemic, says a free market think tank. In a report titled "Obesity in Canada: Overstated Problems, Misguided Policy Solutions...

The Disease That Causes Unusual Weight Gain in 17 Million Women

The Purple Fig | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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.