Obesity Is on the rise, and we need to be aware of what we are doing to our children and ourselves. Here are some statistics in Canada:
-Canada is on the verge of an obesity epidemic.
-59% of adult Canadians are either overweight or obese.
-Obesity rates in children have almost tripled in the last 25 years.
-Approximately 26% of Canadian children ages 2-17 years old are currently overweight or obese.
-Obesity rates continue to increase into adulthood.
-Approximately 1/3 of overweight 20 year olds will become obese within 8 years
-If this trend continues, in 20 years we can expect 70% of the 35 -44 year olds in Canada to be overweight or obese vs. 57% who are currently overweight or obese.
-There are significant economic costs for Canada as a result of obesity. Costs associated with obesity in 2001 were estimated at $43 billion .
-Obese adults may die up to 3 to 7 years earlier than those with a healthy weight.
-Obesity is difficult to reverse and public health measures must include effective prevention beginning in childhood.
Prevention for our children
-get your kids to play outside!
-get your whole family involved in activity, go to the park and play frisbee, soccer etc.
-stop bringing junk food in the house! If you don't have junk food, your kids won't eat it
-tv and video games should be limited to 1 hour per day
-get your kids involved in school sports
-learn to make healthy treats with your kids. Healthy food doesn't have to be boring
-give your kids water and milk rather then juice or pop when they are thirsty.
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