Humans were never meant to drink liquid sugar
The Childhood Obesity Foundation stresses the 5-2-1-0 Rule:
• Five or more servings of fruit and vegetables a day [high fibre and water content, low calories, intrinsically healthy chemicals].
• No more than two hours of screen time.
• One hour or more of physical activity.
• And Zero Soda pop.
Dr. Tom Warshawski said:
“Humans were never meant to drink liquid sugar. We’re not humming birds.”
An Obesity in Canada Report, compiled in a joint partnership with between the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, concluded 59 % of adult Canadians are either overweight or obese.
A body mass index, or BMI, of more than 25 is considered overweight and more than 30 is considered obese.
Moreover, approximately one in four Canadians is obese. Furthermore, between 1981 and 2009, obesity rates doubled among both males and females in most age groups. The study determined economic costs of obesity were $4.6 billion in 2008, up about 19 % from $3.9 billion in 2000, based on costs associated with eight chronic diseases most consistently linked to obesity, including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Dr. Randy Fransoo, senior research scientist for the Manitoba Chapter for Health Policy and assistant professor of Community Health Services with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine has said:
• “If the obesity rates among adolescents and children into adulthood are getting higher…people are going to be exposed to all the various risks of obesity. So getting into the obese group when you’re 50 is different from getting into it when you’re 17. So the disturbing trends that are there for the child and young adult population don’t bode well for the future.”
Furthermore, Dr. Fransoo stated:
• “That’s where the most alarming results are coming from. It is disturbing. There are some clear and troublesome signs about obesity levels among children. And that trend, to my knowledge, hasn’t stopped yet.”
If we look back to 1978, only 15 % of children were considered overweight or obese. By 2007, we discovered that 29 % of adolescents had unhealthy weights, according to a Statistics Canada study. Experts predict that without intervention, up to 70 % of all 40-year-old adults will be either overweight or obese by 2040.
[Winnipeg Free Press – Saturday, August 24, 2013. – In the Shadow of the Bulge – written by Randy Turner.]