Highlights/obesity

Health, International

Pass law banning harmful food ads to children, urges non-profit

The Heart & Stroke Foundation is urging the government to pass its proposed law which would ban the advertising of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children. The consumption of these foods is links with chronic diseases and» 

Health, Society

Health, not size should inform treatment for obese children: study

Doctors usually determine the severity of a child’s problem with obesity using the body mass index (BMI), which measures weight compared to height. But a new study suggests it is more important to look at their overall health rather than» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Household disinfectants and childhood obesity

New study shows a possible link The commercials say over and over, protect your family from bacteria and use our disinfectants and eliminate all those nasty bacteria. Parents of course want to protect their children from all harm or danger,» 

Health, International

Obesity: it’s in the mind and in brain anatomy (genes)

Uku Vainik (PhD) is a researcher at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, and at the Institute of Psychology, University of Tartu, Estonia. The typical thinking is that obesity is the result of overeating. The new study goes deeper into the» 

Health

Obesity: not automatically a health risk

A new study looked at health risks for people who fit the statistical classification as being obese. What it found is that if there are no other health concerns evident, the risk of death was not higher for obese people» 

Health, Society

Unhealthy food consumption increases dramatically in Canada: study

Almost half the foods Canadians eat are highly processed products that are poor in nutrition and increase health risks, according to new research commissioned by Heart & Stroke Canada. Even worse, children between the ages of nine and 13 are» 

Health, Society

Parents influence children’s activity, weight levels

Government statistics show that parents influence how active their children are and their chances of being overweight or obese. The numbers show that for every 20 minute increase in the activity of a parent, a child’s physical activity will go» 

Health, Internet, Science and Technology

Fibre supplement curbed weight increase in kids

A new study has found that a prebiotic fibre supplement taken daily by overweight or obese children changed their gut bacteria and curbed their weight gain. Researchers at the University of Calgary recruited heavier than average children between the ages» 

Health, Politics, Society

Group demands a stop to the marketing unhealthy foods to kids

“The food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death,” says the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.  It has produced a new report which found unlimited advertising has dramatically increased the consumption of unhealthy food and» 

Health, Society

Canadians drink sugary drinks, suffer health consequences

Canadians would back a tax on sugary drinks if the proceeds were used to fund health initiatives, according to public opinion research. The World Health Organization (WHO) today said countries should use tax policy to increase the price of sodas,»