According to a recent study, 64% of Canadians in 2017 were either obese or overweight! The obesity rate in Canada continues to climb year after year.
Consider that only 14% of Canadians were obese in 1978. Those numbers are staggering.
It’s clear that Canada has a real problem on its hands because, along with obesity, come numerous other health issues.
Chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are just two health conditions associated with obesity.
One thing that Canadians can look positively up on is the fact that the BMI, which is the standard for estimating obesity by taking the individuals height and weight can be incorrect. For example, some people can be extremely athletic and still be considered overweight.
Physical activity is key to a healthy lifestyle. Through exercise, people can prevent chronic diseases as they also maintain a healthier weight.
One thing that’s for sure is that people don’t actually have a goal that involves some them gaining weight, for the most part. So there are other problems.
For instance, there are unhealthy food choices everywhere around us. And, for different reasons, we are pushed toward those choices.
How to Improve Obesity Rates in Canada
Somehow, somewhere, someone has to do something to change the food environment and the way we see things. Some have suggested taxing sugary beverages and rethinking marketing on children. Others suggest educating children through home economics classes and changing food labeling.
All the suggestions can help, but they probably won’t reduce obesity rates. Still, people be more conscious about their food choices and exercise needs.
Experts agree that this problem has to be addressed through various angles because it is a complex problem. Genetics, economic and financial situations as well as psychological and behavioral factors all play a role.