Senate report on obesity in Canada
The [Canadian] Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology has released a report titled Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada.
From the news release: “Ottawa, March 1st, 2016 – The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology is calling for a National Campaign to Combat Obesity, a complete revision of Canada’s food guide to better reflect scientific evidence, a ban on advertising food and drink to children, a possible tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, a review of nutrition food labelling to make it easier to understand, and a plan for making healthy food more affordable.”
“This report urges the federal government to take aggressive measures to return Canadians to healthy weights. The report’s 21 recommendations provide the tools to do so.
- The government should:
Consider a tax on sugar- and artificially-sweetened drinks;
Implement effective tax levers to encourage healthy lifestyles; and
Ban the advertising of food and beverages to children.
Standardize and expand nutritional information on food packaging to make it easier to understand;
Increase awareness of the potential harms of processed foods and the benefits of fresh, whole foods;
Overhaul Canada’s dated food guide.
- Many of the ways to fight obesity are beyond the federal government’s direct control. In this report, the committee …recommends that Health Canada:
Engage provinces and territories to improve doctors’ training on diet and exercise and encourage doctors to give patients prescriptions for exercise;
Help vulnerable populations to adopt healthier lifestyles; and
Teach and practice active living in schools and promote it in the community.
You may also want to check out the Ministry of Ontario’s Healthy Schools site.
Something to chew on – check it out!