The Topic Of Childhood Obesity

1387 Words Nov 12th, 2014 6 Pages
The topic of childhood obesity has been widely discussed in the community recently. It is an important issue because it concerns our children’s health and wellness. In the simplest form, overweight can be described as having more fat than is healthy. We all have some body fat but too much can cause serious health issues. A person who is overweight weighs more than the healthy range for his or her gender, age and height. Thirty five years ago, only 15% of children were overweight in Canada. Today, children are getting bigger and it is only getting worse. According to Stats Canada, almost a third of Canadians aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese. Boys aged 5 to 11 were three times more likely to be overweight than girls. Unfortunately …show more content…
The list of acute medical problems a child can face if overweight is long. Diabetes, liver disease, respiratory disorders, skin infections, and high blood pressure are all complications from obesity. As I mentioned above, many obese children become obese adults. Obesity in adults leads to the possibility of diseases such as cancer, gallbladder, or dementia, to name a few. It is common sense that if we eat better, we will look and feel better. Research has also shown that if we eat healthy, we will live longer. Dr. Karl Kabasele, a Canadian public health and preventive medicine specialist, feels that food industry, which includes processed foods, has created this atmosphere where it is so easy to consume extra calories. He recommends that parents, the medical professionals and the food industry work together with government regulators to come up with solutions in assisting and educating children in making better food choices. In fact, Health Canada acknowledges the central role that healthy eating plays in the lives of Canadian children and youth. They have created various resources that doctors, dietician specialists and even parents can access. Canada’s Food Guide is a good resource in finding out what to eat. The Eat Well and Be Active Education Toolkit (Health Canada 2014), is another excellent resource that provides all kinds

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