A panel of experts assembled to discuss childhood obesity has presented its recommendations to help improve the health of children in Ontario.
The Healthy Kids Panel recommendations will inform the government's next steps to reduce childhood obesity.
- An estimated 75 per cent of obese children become obese adults.
- In 2009, the direct and indirect costs to Ontario’s health care system and the economy associated with obesity were estimated to be $4.5 billion.
- In 2004, 27.5 per cent of Ontario children between the ages 2 and 17 were overweight or obese.
- Childhood obesity rates for Canadian children between ages 2 and 17 have risen from 15 per cent in 1979 to 26 per cent in 2004.
The panel's recommendations have three key areas of focus.
- Enhancing pre-natal care for families and promoting breastfeeding
- Changing the food environment to increase the availability of healthy choices, and expand nutrition programs in schools
- Building healthy communities that encourage healthy eating and active living
Read a more detailed outline of Healthy Kids Panel recommendations. Read the full Healthy Kids Panel report.