Obesity On The Rise

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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