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Diet, Nutrition, Obesity, and Diabetes

Posted Feb 01 2009 12:00am

Diet and nutrition has been front and centre in the news recently. On the drive home this evening, there was an interview on CBC Radio with Leslie Beck discussing weight loss and the lengths people will go to in their efforts to lose weight.

Beck made reference to a recent editorial by the Canadian Medical Association highlighting the need for regulation in the weight loss industry in light of the preposterous claims made by some of these clinics. The editorial states the weight-loss industry in North American is worth 50 billion dollars annually.

As well, CBC Radio’s Crosstalk today was a discussion about the high rate of type 2 diabetes here in Newfoundland. And just last week there was an article about a study conducted by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation where they compared the cost of healthy foods across the country, and found my home town of St. John’s to be th highest in the country.

After my masters swim workout last night, there was a public swim, and I am sure that over half of the kids in the changeroom were obese. I don’t mean a few pounds over the textbook ideal BMI, but big enough that 35 years ago when I was a kid, they would have been ridiculed. Not to say that was right, but it speaks volumes to how the attitude of society has changed in 30 to 40 years.

So I’ll keep up with my servings of fruit and veggies, and steel cut oats for breakfast, and stay away from my favourite fast food places. Hopefully my little bit of effort will help skew the statistics in the opposite direction, and maybe the example I set will sink in with my kids. I gotta go, I have to go get my 8 year old son a snack. He wants a piece of fruit, I can’t believe it. Maybe the example I am trying to set, is making a difference.

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