Obesity is on the rise in all age groups in Ontario
According to the Ontario Medical Association, the past decade has seen obesity rates in all age groups rise to dangerous levels
This is a particular concern in children and said to be at epidemic proportions. Their health is not only affected while they’re young, but it’s predicted to continue to do so as they grow into adulthood.
Regardless of age, being overweight or obese means that you are affecting your health and putting strain on your body including your organs and joints. There has also been a huge rise in children’s diabetes and type-2 diabetes in adults.
This has caused a greater strain on Ontario’s healthcare system, but it’s also affecting overall quality of life for many Ontarians. A staggering 59 per cent of adults are considered obese or overweight in Canada, with Ontario considered the worse province in the country. According to a recent study by the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, over 70 per cent of Ontarians are obese or overweight.
Canadian children aren’t faring much better; 26 per cent of children between the ages of two and 17 are considered overweight or obese. Shockingly, this translates into 75 per cent of those children being obese as adults and that this may be the first generation of children that do not outlive their parents.
Proper nutrition and adequate physical activity is key to lowering these statistics and the Ontario Medical Association feels that one way to do so is to have more education about calories and caloric intake on foods, especially those in fast foods. They also suggest that any place that serves food, from restaurants to school cafeteria, list the calories and other ingredients in order for consumers and children to be able to make healthier choices.