Fitness levels in Canada plummet

A new Statistics Canada survey, purportedly the most comprehensive fitness study ever conducted in the country, has found that our fitness levels have tumbled over the last few decades. One of the most pronounced changes from 1981 to 2009 was among adults between 20 and 39 where waist circumference that put them at high risk quadrupled. Perhaps most alarming was obesity in our youngsters.

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta‘s Dr. David Lau, President of Obesity Canada, responded to the study on CTV’s CanadaAM. You can watch his interview by clicking the image or link below (4:06 segment will commence after a CTV advertisement):

Link to interview video.

Dr. Lau was also quoted in a number of articles, including on the CTV News web-site.

Excerpt:

We’re seeing more and more teenage boys, overweight boys, with all the adult problems such as high blood pressure, high blood fat and cholesterol,” Lau told CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday morning. “So it’s not at all surprising to predict that their life expectancy will be shorter than their parents. And I think that’s a huge wake-up call for all Canadians to perhaps focus on trimming our weight down and become more fit.

To read the entire article, click here.

Earlier article written by the Institute’s Dr. Charlotte Jones (Libin Life 2009 Issue 1 page 4):
Childhood obesity: the pathway to adult chronic disease

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