Childhood Obesity : A Serious Public Health Problem

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Introduction
Childhood obesity is a serious public health problem in Canada that needs to be addressed in a timely manner. For the past few decades, the prevalence of childhood obesity in Canada has been on a steady rise, and up until now, it is still increasing and becoming an epidemic. Canada was ranked as the third most overweight and obese G-7 nation in 2005, following United States and the United Kingdom (ref?). The rise in the prevalence of childhood obesity in Canada between 1978 to 2004 has more than doubled, going from 6.3% to 12.7% in 2004 (ref: addressing obesity). The combination of the prevalence of overweight and obese children between the ages of 2-17 almost doubled from 1978-79 to 2004, starting with 15% to 26% in 2004(ref: childhood Canada 10). This prevalence of overweight or obese children varies across provinces in Canada, with New Brunswick having the second highest combined prevalence (34.2%) of children and youth overweight and obesity and Alberta with the lowest combined rate of childhood and youth overweight and obesity (21.8%) (ref: hi-poph-childhood)Figure. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, 24% of children and youth aged 12-17 are overweight and obese in New Brunswick (ref: Health Indicators).

Canada is just one of the many developed countries that are faced with the rise in childhood obesity. In the United States for example, the prevalence of childhood obesity between 1971 and 2003 increased from 5% to 14% in children aged 2-5,…
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