Apr 10, 2013

By Michael Kramer

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The head of UNICEF Canada says a new report on the well-being of children in 29 countries shows that this country has a lot of work to do.

The report from the United Nations children’s agency ranks Canada 17th out of 29 so-called wealthy countries when it comes to the well-being of children.

UNICEF Canada’s president and CEO David Morley says Canada can do better, and the well-being of its children must become a national priority.

UNICEF graded the 29 countries in five categories and Canada’s best ranking was 11th – in the area of housing and environment.

Canada placed 14th in educational well-being, 15th in material well-being, 16th in behaviour and risks and a low 27th in health and safety.

On the issue of obesity, Canada is third from the bottom, with
20.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 deemed overweight based on the body mass index.

Canada ranked 21st in bullying, with 35 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 reporting being bullied at school at least once in recent months.

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