MIL-OSI Translation: Message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Sport and Physical Activity – World Obesity Day, March 4, 2024

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Source: Government of Canada 2

March 4, 2024 | Ottawa, Ontario | Public Health Agency of Canada

This year, to mark World Obesity Day, the theme of which is “Let’s talk about obesity and…”We would like to take this opportunity to address the issue of obesity and health, physical activity and nutrition, bearing in mind that the factors contributing to obesity are complex. These factors go beyond lifestyle and can include health conditions and the environment.

In Canada, nearly two out of three adults and one out of three children or young people are overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of developing several chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Our government has made the promotion of healthy weights and chronic disease prevention a priority, and we continue to work with stakeholders to develop an integrated approach to healthy living. Physical and mental health are promoted by increasing physical activity, reducing sedentary lifestyles, getting enough quality sleep, eating well and maintaining a healthy weight.

Through the Canadian and Community Health FundThe Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) supports healthy living by investing in interventions that target health inequalities and chronic disease prevention.

Significant sums have also been invested by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in obesity and healthy weight research, including work to identify the most effective interventions and prevention strategies to reduce obesity in Canada. To study the issues and better serve children and youth, PHAC funded the second cycle of theCanadian Child and Youth Health Surveyin collaboration with Statistics Canada, CIHR and other partners, including the Offord Centre for Child Studies.

Diet is one of the most important factors in the prevention of obesity and diet-related chronic diseases. There is evidence that many factors in our food environment influence our ability to make healthy food choices and eat healthily. The foods available at home, at school, in grocery stores and restaurants, as well as the many social influences and food marketing campaigns to which we are exposed, play a huge role in our choices and make healthy eating a challenge for many of us.

We know that people are more likely to make healthy choices when the food environment is favorable. ThroughFriend of the Food Guide initiative Health Canada works with publicly funded institutions, particularly higher education institutions and recreation centers, to create healthier eating environments. We also continue to develop resources for a variety of audiences to promote food skills and healthy eating. Our Food Guide Kitchen features easy, healthy recipes, cooking tips and how-to videos that are sent directly to your inbox.

The sensitive nature of this year’s World Obesity Day theme encourages us to look at obesity from different angles. As we continue to build knowledge through research, invest in prevention and create supportive, physically active communities, each of us can try to adopt healthier daily habits. We encourage Canadians to be more physically active throughout the day by making small changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, joining a community sports league to spend time with friends, or going for a walk outside. Finally, we advise everyone to take a look at the Canadian 24-hour movement guidelines to find out what you can do to optimize your day by getting more exercise, reducing sedentary periods and getting a good night’s sleep.

The Honourable Mark Holland, P.C., M.P.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and/or sentence structure not be perfect.

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