Ottawa, March 1st, 2016 – The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology is calling for a National Campaign to Combat Obesity, a complete revision of Canada’s food guide to better reflect scientific evidence, a ban on advertising food and drink to children, a possible tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, a review of nutrition food labelling to make it easier to understand, and a plan for making healthy food more affordable.
The above statements are among the 21 recommendations released today in a ground-breaking report entitled Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada, which was written following an intensive study conducted between February 2014 and June 2015.
The rates of obesity-linked chronic conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers are soaring and as a result, the health impacts on individuals and a society are enormous.
An increase in consumption of prepackaged, highly processed foods, like instant noodles, prepackaged pizzas, candy, soft drinks, and salty snacks, the increase in use of personal computers, and lack of sufficient physical activity are listed as some of the key contributors to Canada’s “obesogenic culture” – one that promotes poor eating and low levels of activity.
Kelvin Kenneth Ogilvie
“Obesity is a crucial determinant of serious health issues and declining quality of life, with enormous resulting costs to society. Poor diet is a major risk factor in obesity. A substantial reduction in sugar (carbohydrate) consumption would go a long way toward restoring a normal body weight and improved health. Diet can be controlled, but you cannot out-exercise a poor diet.”
Art Eggleton, P.C.
“Obesity is not only leading to poor health for far too many Canadians, but it is also resulting in increased health care costs for all of us. It is paramount that all levels of government come together to create a National Campaign to Combat Obesity. This campaign should have concrete goals, timelines and progress reports.”
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