Montreal’s kids are overweight
by tasiags on February 9, 2014 - 8:21pm
The article “Child obesity a growing problem in Montreal: study”, published January 22, 2009 by CBC News addresses the issue of the rise in childhood obesity in Montreal. In fact, according to a study by Quebec’s statistics institute, children living in the Montreal area are fatter than those residing in the suburbs. Conversely, the study revealed that more than 20% of children aged from birth to seven were overweight in Montreal, in comparison to 13% in other regions in Quebec. Lise Dubois, co-author of the study, suggests that poverty is the main factor for obesity, but that smoking during pregnancy is also an important factor as children born from smoking mothers are 8% more likely of being overweight by the age of seven. Obese parents (family history), sleep deprivation, overconsumption of soft drinks, as well as lack of fruits and vegetables were also noted as elements that may increase one’s risk to be overweight. Dubois claims that childhood obesity is worrisome as it is associated with several health risks, such as Type 2 diabetes.
Despite the fact that this article is over five years old, it is still extremely relevant as our health should always be a concern. Thus, the importance of raising awareness and education with children, as well as parents, of the risks associated with childhood obesity are definitely a step towards success. Ensuring healthy nutrition and sleep habits, as well as promoting physical activity are also components that could help combat this issue.