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- Global rates of childhood obesity have increased 5 times over the past decade.
- Canadian rates of obesity for both boys and girls have doubled over the past 15 years.
- Over 1 in 4 children in Canada is overweight or obese.
- 80% of overweight or obese children may remain overweight or obese into adulthood.
- The persistence of childhood overweight and obesity into adulthood significantly increases the risks of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
- The basic cause of obesity: Body fat is stored when the amount of calories consumed exceeds those that are expended (through basic metabolism combined with activity).
- The overall causes of obesity: Lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating patterns, sedentary lifestyles, and/or genetics.
- Only 9% of boys and 4% of girls meet the daily requirements of 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity per day.
- Children and youth average over 40 hours of screen time per week.
- 3 out of 5 youth under 17 need to make serious lifestyle changes and adopt more “active habits” in order to encourage optimal growth and development.
- A balance in intake and output is required to maintain a healthy weight.
- Ensuring balance through physical activity and healthy eating, supported by media literacy.