Obesity In Canada

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It is evident that obesity is an international and complex problem. More people are overweight or obese in today’s society than ever before, putting those individuals at high risk for serious health problems (WHO, 2000). Perhaps even more disconcerting is the fact that child obesity is now being considered an epidemic, with Canada nearing the top of the obesity charts. Out of 34 nations, Canada is ranked 5th in terms of obesity rates with 15% of the population considered overweight and 11% obese. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last two decades with one in four Canadian children being overweight (Anderson, 2000; Tremblay & Willms, 2001). For the first time, children are expected to live shorter lives than their…show more content…
For example, committees were formed comprised of students, staff, parents, food service personnel, community dieticians, and nutritionists that assessed nutritional needs and developed a strategic plan to address specific needs of the schools. Students gave input regarding changes to be made and about new foods being offered via questionnaires, surveys, focus groups, and classroom discussion. Subsequently, students in various Annapolis Valley Schools had the opportunity to taste-test potential food options and try out various leisure programs and physical activities before being asked to select what they wanted to be incorporated into their school activities. Students also filled out questionnaires and surveys to attempt to track the types of foods being sold in the cafeteria throughout the week and noted which ones were most…show more content…
Although the program took into account several of the determinants of health when designing its initiative, a rather important factor appeared to be overlooked. We are unsure if those students having disabilities, whether it be physical or mental, were considered in the design of the initiative. There was no mention of how these students were integrated into the physical activity programs, or if they were, how these activities were modified to fit their needs. Also, in terms of the preliminary surveys, how these students’ opinions were addressed remains unknown. We are also unaware if any community links were formed with the school that are designed specifically to target the needs of children with
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