Canada Obesity

Use Marijuana Tax Revenues To Treat Related Public Health Issues

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Bill Bogart

The money raised through those taxes will have more impact if it is used to support prevention and counselling than it will by becoming part of general revenues used for various purposes. Second, the taxes will more likely be supported by the public if they are used for these specific ends.

Is Industry Or Individual At Heart Of Obesity Epidemic?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Do food manufacturers bear a responsibility for the global obesity crisis? Of course they do. So do restaurants that offer nutritionally poor fare and exorbitant portion sizes. But the decision to consume foods and drinks that cause waistlines to expand ever further still rests with the individual.

How To Lose Weight, Dignity, And Money All At Once

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

This month, The FDA approved a device that promises quick weight loss in minimal time and it has many physicians furious. The device is called AspireAssist and it's appalling. a tube is surgically implanted into the patients stomach using a port valve, which is an opening just above the belly button that can be opened or closed to drain food. Let's discuss the implications of all this.

Late-Night Eating Could Lead To A Larger Waist

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living

The debate wages on.

A Soda Tax Will Only Hurt The People It's Meant To Help

Natalie Riediger | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Natalie Riediger

There has been increasing interest in the use of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax to curb the burden of obesity in Canada -- call it a 'pop tax' if you like. A recent Senate report on obesity in Canada recommends assessing the possibility of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and points to the high rates of taxation on tobacco products as a successful example worth imitating. But have taxes on tobacco products been as successful as is often claimed?

Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

What were once staples of daily living in our communities -- butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers -- are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But "fast and convenient" has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Predictors Of Your Risk Of Dying Are Not What You'd Think

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living

The healthiest people in the study were obese.

3 Sure-Fire Ways To Permanently Beat Food Cravings

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

There are lots of things that people say about how to overcome food cravings, but I have a sure-fire way that anyone can use, with guaranteed results. There are three steps to overcoming your food cravings, and you'll need to do all three if you want to succeed.

The Hidden Ingredient That Could Be Making You Fat

Marc Davis | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

It's earned a dubious reputation over the past several decades. So it now goes by up to several dozen different aliases.

The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing New

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Childhood obesity is a huge societal file that continues to get tossed around errantly -- as it quietly and not-so-quietly lines the purses of many along the way -- and yet we have seemingly not advanced the dial on it one iota in decades. Instead, we've collectively made it so much worse.

Fewer Kids Walk Or Bike To School -- And That Hurts Everyone

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

More than twice as many kids are driven to school these days compared to 25 years ago, and that's having an impact on everyone. In a study released April 5 by Metrolinx, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area's transportation planning agency, researchers found a decline among youth in the use of physically active modes of transportation to commute to school over a 25-year period. And this has huge implications for the future of Toronto.

Cereal Liars: How Your Food Is Fooling You

Amy-Rose Lane | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Living
Amy-Rose Lane

The food industry is notoriously misleading, undeniably corrupt, and has the one of the largest revenue streams in the world. Coca Cola has lobbyists in Washington, and the meat industry makes no bones about being in bed with the political process. Despite our leaps and bounds in medical science, why can't we effectively tackle the obesity epidemic?

Have Researchers Found A Way To Turn Off Food Cravings?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Canada is dealing with an obesity challenge. At the moment, one in four adults and one in ten children are defined as being obese. One might believe the answer to obesity is simply to eat less and exercise more. Yet, over the last few decades, researchers have learned this condition is far more complex than initially believed.

We Need Federal Leadership To Tackle Rising Obesity Rates

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada -- a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last 30 plus years. Unfortunately the increase in obesity rates has also affected our children. It's cold comfort to find that Canada is not alone.

We Need To Address The Rising Rates Of Kidney Failure

Mariette J. Chartier | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Living
Mariette J. Chartier

As many as 40,000 people in Canada are affected by kidney failure. Debilitating symptoms, decreased quality of life, mental health issues, financial challenges and frequent need for medical visits and hospitalizations significantly impact the lives of people with kidney failure.

Aerobic Exercise Helps You Live Longer -- Unless You're Obese

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living

The "fat but fit" idea is likely just a myth.

We Can Improve Our Eating Habits By Returning To Our Roots

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Why does your culture matter when it comes to your food choices? What we all should have in common as our birthright is a healthy heart, a strong body, extraordinary energy, and a long and healthy life -- all of which we would be enabled to by access to nutritious and delicious foods.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Inequality Is Widening The Gap Between Fit And Fat

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Obesity rates and diseases stemming from weight problems continue to rise. While healthy eating and regular exercise have become commonplace among the educated and affluent, the less fortunate show little signs of improvement regardless of efforts by health experts and government policy makers.

Mexico's Soda Tax Isn't Going to Reduce Obesity

Patrick Luciani | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
Patrick Luciani

Now we have two reasons to be skeptical about Mexico's soda tax effectiveness: very little incentive to substitute to other drinks and not much pass through to consumers. Based on that we can expect the Mexican tax to be a bust both on the consumer's pocketbook and health.

Fat Taxes a Naïve Prescription for Canadian Health

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Bateman

They're coming first for your devilish Coca-Cola and Pepsi. But they aren't stopping there. They also want taxes on sugary fruit juice (you sinister Sun-Rype suckers!), and anything else that tastes slightly better than water. It won't end -- because big government types truly believe higher taxes can solve every problem -- there's no evidence it will work.

This Weight Loss Calculator Is Holding You Accountable

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Living

Using an online calculator to help you lose (or gain) weight isn't a new concept, but asking people what they're willing to do to see change is. L...

How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery. The practice has been around since the 1960s and involves restricting the volume of the stomach either with a band or through surgical removal of a large part of the stomach organ. There's also another factor in determining the benefit of this surgery: the microbes living in the gut. The tens of trillions of bacteria can also be affected by the change. Although this was known hypothetically for years, in 2010, it was shown for the first time.

Why You Should Eat More Low Glycemic Foods

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the glycemic index has been shown to do just that.

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.