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Where Have All the Healthy, Active Children Gone?

Childhood obesity is a leading public health issue in Canada. Approximately 1 in 3 Canadian children is considered overweight or obese. It is estimated that 80 per cent of these children could remain that way into adulthood. With the combined cost of obesity and physical inactivity already hovering at upwards of $9.6 billion in Canada, the socioeconomic consequences of a generation of overweight, inactive adults are easy to imagine. Here's what you need to know: Where have all the HEALTHY, ACTIVE children gone? 5 HIGHEST Over 90 per cent of Canadian children and youth are not U.S.A. GREECE CANADA PORTUGAL SLOVENIA Canada has the third highest childhood obesity rates in a global ranking of 29 industrialized nations. Childhood obesity rates in Canada have tripled over the past three decades. NETHERLANDS SWITZERLAND DENMARK FRANCE LATVIA meeting the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to- 5 LOWEST vigorous activity per day. Canadian kids spend 7.48 hours per day in front of screens. 50 per cent of Canadian children are not active enough for optimal growth. Canadian children spend 62 per cent of their waking hours being sedentary. 51% in 2000 62% in 2010 58 per cent of Canadian parents indicate that they walked to school when they were kids, yet only 28 per cent of their children do so. The percentage of kids taking the bus or car to school increased from 51 per cent to 62 per cent between 2000 and 2010. 58 per cent of Canadian schools don't have a formal policy requiring consistent physical activity or sport participation for all students. Over four in ten Canadian children skip breakfast, placing them at greater risk for obesity, nutritional deficiencies, and other health problems. Participation in school sports drops by an estimated 14 per cent (for boys) and 26 per cent (for girls) between grades six and 12. 23 per cent of Canadian children's caloric intake 70 per cent of children are not meeting the suggested daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. is from "other food" not falling into one of the four food groups. Physically active kids are MORE likely to: Physically active kids are LESS likely to: Get better grades Be positive Be aggressive ! Get stressed Play better with peers Feel better about themselves Smoke Consume alcohol 4 3 2 or more servings of vegetables and fruit per day times a week, eat dinner together as a family days a week do vigourous-intensity activities that strengthen hour or more of daily physical activity hours of excuses... screen time or Now get moving! less per day muscle and bones Infographic courtesy of Concerned Children's Advertisers For a complete list of sources, please visit

Where Have All the Healthy, Active Children Gone?

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An infographic describing some startling stats about the health and nutrition of Canadian children.


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