Child Health Report 2002 - Nutrition, Physical Activity and
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.