A whole-of-society approach for a healthier canada

An extensive study conducted by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology in Canada has developed a report outlining a route to a leaner, healthier future.

The committee found that currently 48,000 to 66,000 Canadians die from conditions linked to excess weight annually, nearly two thirds of adults and one third of children are obese or overweight; and obesity costs Canada between $4.6 billion and $7.1 billion annually in health care and lost productivity.

This report describes an innovative, whole-of-society approach to address this important issue — and urges bold but practical steps that can and must be taken to help Canadians achieve and maintain healthy weights.

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. Actions for the government to take include considering a tax on sugar- and artificially-sweetened drinks; implementing effective tax levers to encourage healthy lifestyles; and ban the advertising of food and beverages to children.

Other key recommendations include making it easier for Canadians to make informed decisions about their diet. The committee urges the government to: 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 and overhaul Canada’s dated food guide.

 

Posted: 04/03/2016 10:31:42 by Laura Keaver


 

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