Childhood obesity: the end of an epidemic? – The Conversation

Obesity rates in Canada and other OECD nations.

Obesity rates in Canada and other OECD nations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This excellent article by the Conversation reports that Canada is the latest country to see a decline in rates of overweight and obesity. It goes on to question whether that means anti-obesity strategies are starting to work?

Source: Childhood obesity: the end of an epidemic?

Personally, I’m highly skeptical of the results and would be wary of regarding this as a major turning point in the trend. After all, recent evidence has shown that obesity in the US is on the increase. Canada is too closely linked to the American lifestyle in my view.

There are still an awfully large number of very fat people in Canada, including children.

Politicians seem wary of intervening and redressing growing obesity despite the massive social and economic costs.


One response

  1. I’m afraid I believe none of these stories including this latest one brought to us by Dr Alf via” the Conversation”.

    No country in the world has forced the food manufacturers to reduce sugar, salt and aspartame content in food, eliminate e-numbers from food or eliminate Bisphenol A from packaging, till rolls and plastics. No country in the world has instructed its doctors to stop prescribing pills and to prescribe diet, exercise and vitamin supplementation instead.

    Obesity is everywhere you look, particularly in countries where fast food outlets have proliferated and generally the retail fashion industry tell us that clothing sizes for people of all ages are rising and not falling as our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary focussed on convenience and instant communications via the internet and mobile devices rather than the physical effort of looking something up. A close look at people filmed in countries which we have not travelled to shows that children are physically bigger unless they live in dire poverty or are in war zones.
    Canada does not fit this description although its youthful Prime Minister might like it to be the case so the evidence does not match these assertions.

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