Health and Well Being

  • More than one in five Canadian children (23 per cent or 1.6 million) lived in poverty in 2006. This is virtually the same level as in 1989, when Canada pledged to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. At the current rate, achieving this goal would take 43 more years or until 2050  Community Foundationsof Canada - Vital Signs 2008
  • A study of more than 111,000 people is one of the first to put real numbers to the risk of obesity and suggests "excess adiposity" -- fat tissue -- is more dangerous to the heart than smoking. (Ottawa Citizen Monday, September 22, 2008)
  • Grade 10 PE class attendance has decreased by approximately 20% from 1991-2003. Grade 11 and 12 students attendance deceased approximately 10% from 1991-1995, and increased approximately 15-20% from 1996-2003 (William H. Dietz, M.D, PhD., 2007).
  • Each additional hour of car traveling increases obesity by 6% (William H. Dietz, M.D, PhD., 2007).
  • Approximately 65-70% of children aged 5-6 watch 120min of TV a day, whereas 80-85% of children 10-12 watch 120min of TV a day (Rusell Pate Professor from the University of South Carolina, 2007).
  • Boys between the ages of 6-11 participate in approximately 95min of MVPA a day, whereas girls participate in approximately 75min a day. Boys between the ages of 12-15 participate about 45min of MVPA a day, while girls only engage in approximately 20min a day ( Rusell Pate, 2007)
  • Male MVPA participation decreases approximately 68% from ages 6-17 and female participation decrease approximately 73% ( Rusell Pate, 2007).
  • Approximately 95% of grade 3 boys and girls participate in 60min of moderate to vigorous physical activity, whereas grade 7 boys participate in approximately 45%, grade 7 girls in approx 25% and grade 11 boys and girls engage in less than 10% of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2007)
  • Studies show that just over 50% of high school students attended their PhyEd class in 2005
  • In 2005, 16% of high school students participated in only 20minutes or less of their PhysEd class they attended (Active Healthy Kids Canada, 2007).
  • In 1950, the average high school boy weighed 140 pounds (63.3kg) and average BMI of 22.6. The average Kcal intake per day was 2645. In 2000, the average high school boy weighed 180 pounds and a BMI of 29.1. The average Kcal into per day was increased by 308 (2953kcal/day)(William L. Haskell, 2007).
  • In 1998, 40% of grade 8 boys played more than 4 hours of computer games a week (William L. Haskell, 2007).

Above taken from the “International Conference on Physical Activity & Obesity in Children”

  • “Studies based on American data have shown that children’s consumption of fast food has increased dramatically over the past two decades, and that a large majority of them do not eat enough fruit and vegetables.  Based on data from the 2004 CCHS, 59% of Canadian children and adolescents were reported to consume fruit and vegetables less than five times a day ... These young people were significantly more likely to be overweight/obese than were those who ate fruit and vegetables more frequently” (Shields, 2006, p.33)
  • In reference to time spent [watching television, playing video games and using the computer are ] by Canadian children in 2004, “over a third (36%) of children aged 6 to 11 logged more than 2 hours of screen time each day ... These children were twice as likely to be overweight/obese (35%) as were those whose daily viewing amounted to an hour or less (18%)” (Shields, 2006, p.36).