Meghan’s Fun Facts Blog Post! September 9th

β€œThe Journal of School Health revealed PE teachers are so biased against fat children they automatically assume they are less clever and have fewer friends than fitter pupils.”

 

Hard facts:

Worldwide:

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  • 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013
  • The fasting growing areas are the low to middle income countries with emerging economies, particularly in urban areas.

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In Canada:

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  • The fastest growing provinces are Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

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Global reasons:

  • Increased intake of energy dense foods that are high in fat and sugar
  • Increase in sedentary nature of many forms of work, modes of transportation and increased urbanization

What can we do?

  • Limit energy intake from total fats and sugars
  • Increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Engage in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day for children, and 150 minutes a week for adults)
  • Support each other in our endeavors
  • Educate ourselves and others

YOUR THOUGHTS?

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/

http://childhoodobesityfoundation.ca/what-is-childhood-obesity/statistics/O

 

 

 

 

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