Friday, April 27, 2007


The obesity risk of children increases for each additional glass of sugar-sweetened drink consumed each day.

Shoppers Drug Mart recently complained to Longwoods because we drew attention to one store’s multiple displays of thousands of cases of pop and row after row and promo after promo of super sized chocolate bars, other sweets and deep fried treats. Their representative wrote that we failed to make “the point about personal choice and individual responsibility for the choices we make as consumers and the impact that has on our health.” The correspondence also provides this quote: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Robert Collier.

So we would like to continue our small efforts in bringing to their attention the importance of nutrition in our lives – something we would hope would be promoted by a DRUG MART. The following is from the International Diabetes Federation.

Fight Obesity Prevent Diabetes


1. A third of the global burden of disease is probably the result of dietary factors.
2. People who are undernourished in early life and then become obese in adulthood are at a greater risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes at an earlier age.
3. The average family spends 15 minutes preparing meals compared to two hours a few years ago.
4. The obesity risk of children increases for each additional glass of sugar-sweetened drink consumed each day.
5. People with diabetes should eat more fibre than people without the condition. Fibre helps prevent stomach problems and lower cholesterol.
6. Low energy diets are the most likely to lead to healthy eating habits and effective weight maintenance.
7. Eating while doing something else can often lead to overeating and thus increase the chances of becoming obese.
8. Reducing malnutrition in pregnant women can prevent their children from becoming overweight later in life and ease the burden of obesity.
9. Diet alone is not considered sufficient for sustained weight loss and needs to be coupled with exercise and a structured eating plan.

1. Diabetes and Obesity: Time to Act; International Diabetes Federation 2004
2. Overfed and Underfed: The Global Epidemic of Malnutrition; Worldwatch Paper 150, Worldwatch Institute 2000
3. WHO World Heath Report 2002; World Health Organization 2002

And from a papers by David L. Mowat and David Butler-Jones:

“Current trends, such as an increasing prevalence of obesity (36% of adults are overweight and 23% obese), lack of physical activity (55% of Canadians are not physically active or moderately active [Statistics Canada 2004]) and a rapidly increasing incidence of type 2 diabetes, might well halt or even reverse progress in life expectancy, and certainly pose a threat to the sustainability of the health services system. Tackling these problems solely by curative means or even individually-based preventive approaches is neither affordable nor feasible. Vigorous population-based approaches are essential if these trends are to be reversed.”

See: Healthcare Papers

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