Canadians Diets Remain Poor

An independent Canadian think tank has confirmed that in spite of slight improvements in their diets, Canadians are still consuming excess sugar and harmful fats.
A Conference Board of Canada report states that continuous poor eating habits have heightened the risk of Canadians developing diabetes, heart disease and cancer as they get older.
Moreover, it says children’s eating habits are poor and are worsening, which is of great concern.
The report has discovered that the average Canadian’s daily consumption of sodium is double the healthy daily intake level of 1,500 mg per day.
It adds that by 2008, 62 per cent of Canadians had become overweight or obese, a major risk factor for multiple chronic diseases and few Canadian children eat the recommended daily minimum of five or more servings of fruit and veg.
The report recommends that the government needs to take some action to combat the problem of poor Canadian diets, including clear labelling and packaging with regard to the nutritional content of food.
A further recommendation is to improve children’s food literacy, dietary habits and levels of physical activity.

Related Articles