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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Curbing Childhood Obesity (Public Health Agency of Canada)

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Curbing Childhood Obesity

A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights

A National Crisis, A National Response

Canada is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic. Childhood overweight and obesity has been rising steadily in Canada in recent decades. Between 1978/79 and 2004, the combined prevalence of overweight and obesity among those aged two to 17 increased from 15 percent to 26 per cent. Increases were highest among youth, aged 12 to 17 years, with overweight and obesity more than doubling for this age group, from 14 per cent to 29 per cent. In addition, young people of Aboriginal origin (off-reserve) had a significantly high combined overweight/obesity rate of41 per cent.

Childhood overweight and obesity has both immediate and long-term health outcomes. Increasingly, obese children are being diagnosed with a range of health conditions previously seen almost exclusively among adults, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and joint problems. Moreover, being overweight or obese in early childhood significantly increases the likelihood of being overweight or obese in adolescence and adulthood, with all the accompanying health problems. First Published here www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php

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