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
- 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.
- Footnote 2
Statistics Canada. Body composition of adults, 2012 to 2013. Health Facts Sheets, 82-625-X. 2014.
- 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: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/publications/healthy-living/how-healthy-canadians/pub1-eng.pdf.
- 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.
- Footnote 5
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Profile: Canada. 2013. Available from: http://www.healthdata.org/canada.
- Footnote 6
Health Canada. Evidence Review for Dietary Guidance. 2015.
- Footnote 7
Statistics Canada. Fruit and vegetable consumption, 2015. Health Facts Sheets, 82-625-X. 2017. Available from: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2017001/article/14764-eng.htm.
- Footnote 8
Statistics Canada. Canadian Community Health Survey, cycle 2.2, nutrition. 2004.
- 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.
- Footnote 10
Statistics Canada. Survey of household spending, detailed food expenditures, Canada, regions and provinces. CANSIM. Available from: http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a05?lang=eng&id=2030028 (cited 2017 May 12).
- Footnote 11
Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Carbohydrates and Health. Norwich, UK. 2015. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-carbohydrates-and-health-report.
- Footnote 12
Langloi K, Garriguet D. Sugar consumption among Canadians of all ages. Health Reports. 2011; 22(3).
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