ONE IN FIVE CANADIANS EXPECTED TO BE OBESE IN FIVE YEARS: NEW STUDY

Mar 04, 2014

By Jane Brown

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It appears obesity will become an even bigger problem in Canada.  A new study says the number of obese Canadians has tripled since the mid 1980s and is only going to get worse.  Researchers at Memorial University in St. John’s warn that, if the trend continues, more than one in five Canadians will be obese by 2019.  They say health complications of an increasing number of extremely overweight adults are expected to place a heavy burden on the healthcare system.  And that burden is not spread evenly, with the highest proportion of obese adults in the Atlantic provinces and the lowest in wealthy and healthy British Columbia.  Steps have been taken by government to curb the obesity problem, including banishing junk food from school cafeterias.  The federal government is in the midst of consultations to reform the nutrition labeling that appears on packaged goods.  And a bill was introduced in Ontario last week that would force restaurants to post calorie counts to their menus and menu boards.

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