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Child Health Report-2002

Arrow BulletChild Health Report 2002 - Nutrition, Physical Activity and
Obesity

This section provides information on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the Child Health Report 2002 report.



Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

  • Obesity is an important risk factor for health in children and adults.
  • National surveys indicate Canadian children are becoming significantly more overweight and obese.
  • Fewer Canadian children are eating fruits and vegetables - in 1990, 77% of Grade six males and 85% of Grade six females ate fruit daily; by 1998, this proportion declined to 69% in males and 77% in females.
  • Canadian children are exercising less - in 1990, 86% of Grade six males and 78% of Grade six females reported exercising two or more times per week outside school hours; by 1998, this proportion had declined to 71% for males and 57% for females.
  • Nearly one-third (32%) of Peel children aged 12-19 years were inactive, according to the Physical Activity Index.
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