Infographic: Let’s Eat Healthy Canada!

The situation in Canada

  • 1 in 3 kids and 2 in 3 adults are overweight or obese. Footnote 1Footnote 2
  • 1 in 5 adults live with chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.Footnote 3
    • Some of these diseases are now showing up in kids.Footnote 4

Diet is the #1 risk factor for chronic diseasesFootnote 5

Eating vegetables and fruit, whole grains and plant-based proteins reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer.Footnote 6

  • Only 1 in 3 Canadians eat enough veggies and fruit.Footnote 7
  • Only 1 in 6 grains that Canadians eat are whole grains.Footnote 6
  • Only 1/3 of Canadians eat plant-based proteins like legumes, nuts and seeds.Footnote 8

Too many processed or prepared foods high in sodium, sugars or saturated fat increase the risk of heart disease and obesity.Footnote 6

  • Over 1/3 of the calories Canadians eat come from these types of foods.Footnote 6

Meals eaten away from home are often higher in calories, sodium, sugars and saturated fat.Footnote 9

  • Canadians spend 30% of their food budget in places like restaurants, cafeterias, and vending machines.Footnote 10

Too many sugary drinks lead to a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cavities.Footnote 6Footnote 11

  • 1/3 of sugar consumed by teens is from sugary drinks.Footnote 12

Too much sodium leads to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.Footnote 6

  • Canadians eat about 3400 mg of sodium each day -- more than double the amount needed.Footnote 6

Canada- Let’s make the healthy choice the easy choice!

Twitter hashtag:  #EatHealthyCanada



Footnote 1

Rao D, Kropac E, Do M, Roberts K, Jayaraman G. Childhood overweight and obesity trends in Canada. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada: Research, Policy and Practice. 2016;36(9), 194-198.

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Footnote 2

Statistics Canada. Body composition of adults, 2012 to 2013. Health Facts Sheets, 82-625-X. 2014.

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Footnote 3

Public Health Agency of Canada. How healthy are Canadians? A trend analysis of the health of Canadians from a healthy living and chronic disease perspective. Ottawa, ON. 2016. Available from: 

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Footnote 4

Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention, Public Health Agency of Canada. Chronic Disease and Injury Indicator Framework: 2016 Edition. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada. 2016.

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Footnote 5

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Profile: Canada. 2013. Available from:

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Footnote 6

Health Canada. Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance. 2015.

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Footnote 7

Statistics Canada. Fruit and vegetable consumption, 2015. Health Facts Sheets, 82-625-X. 2017. Available from: 

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Footnote 8

Statistics Canada. Canadian Community Health Survey, cycle 2.2, nutrition. 2004.

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Footnote 9

Nguyen B,  Powell L. The impact of restaurant consumption among US adults: Effects on energy and nutrient intakes. Public Health Nutr. 2014;17(11), 2445-2452.

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Footnote 10

Statistics Canada. Survey of household spending, detailed food expenditures, Canada, regions and provinces. CANSIM. Available from:  (cited 2017 May 12).

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Footnote 11

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Carbohydrates and Health. Norwich, UK. 2015. Available from:

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Footnote 12

Langloi K, Garriguet D. Sugar consumption among Canadians of all ages. Health Reports. 2011; 22(3).

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Organization: Health Canada

Type: Poster

Date published: 2017-06

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