Canada is Fatter than ever
by joseph.therriault on February 28, 2013 - 8:45am
Health is an issue that has been grabbing my attention for a while now; Health problems
have always been a problem in society but as the years go by humans are letting obesity become
a general health issue. Obesity is being accepted as a problem that is similar to a disease. I have
found two articles that I were particularly interesting to me, the first article I will be writing
about is found on the CTV news website and it talks about several topics form the differences of
obesity percentage there is for each province in Canada to the health problems that all of
Canada’s obese citizens risk of obtaining. The second article I will be talking about is found on
the CBC news website and it talks about the obesity within children in Canada.
In a news article found on the CTV news website published by the Canadian press says
that Canada has broken its records on population obesity. Carolyn Gotay from the school of
population and public health has said that depending on the region in Canada that one out of
four, to one out of three people in Canada are considered obese. This is extremely high for any
case and this gets me sick to see that this is happening not only on earth but in my own country.
Canada has to fix its problem or else our younger generation of children will have a life
expectancy rate that will be significantly lower than the life expectancy rate that my generation
has. Are we eating too much or are we eating to unhealthy? I would say it’s a mix of both,
generally speaking no one really knows what foods react is a positive way to our bodies, we have
an opinion like chocolate will get us fat and carrots are good but nobody knows exactly what to
eat and when to eat it. Society is blind towards what we are eating and most of us don’t really
want to know.
In an article found on the CBC news website it says that 31% of Kids in Canada are
overweight or obese, that is equal to 1.6 million Canadians. What is the reason for child obesity
in Canada? Is it the fault of their parents or is it the food industry that has made fatty foods in
most of our meals? Well studies have shown that Canadians consume both more food/calories
every day and more fatty and unhealthy foods, also Canadians don’t consume enough of the
necessary nutrients and vitamins needs throughout there day. Water has no calories and juice has
a lot of calories, if I child drinks 8 glasses of water throughout there day they will not gain
unnecessary weight but if the child drinks 8 juice boxes of five alive or any other juice they will
be gaining unnecessary weight, take that five alive juice box as an example, well one single juice
box has 100 calories well if the child consumes 8 boxes of that juice well that is 800 calories
consumed over juice, this is ridiculous because when my parents were young water wasn’t an un
chosen option to children it was the beverage that they would drink to satisfy their thirst. The
government can step up and introduce many ways to inform our children how to eat better, I
believe that there should have a necessary course to take in elementary and high school that
teaches children the benefits of eating healthier and as well as how to eat healthier, if the
government introduced this to school the obesity rates for children in Canada will drop leading to
a much healthier country.
To conclude my thoughts are that the parents of Canadian children can and should step
up to help their children be healthier but the parents themselves don’t really know how to eat
healthier seeing that Canadian adults are even more obese than ever at the moment. The
government must do something to save our country from eating ourselves to death, introduce
nutrition courses in school and that can be the start of a healthier Canada. Now the real question
is, will the government actually present new ways to teaching there citizens the healthier way or
will they just watch us all eat our lives away?
"Adult Obesity Rates at Historic High, UBC Study Says." CTVNews. The Canadian Press, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.
News, CBC. "31% of Canadian Kids Are Overweight or Obese." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 20 Sept. 2012. Web. 28 Feb. 2013.