In Canada over 26% of children and youth (1 in 4) are considered overweight or obese. And obesity in childhood leads to obesity in adulthood. 

A sign of childhood obesity is a weight well above the average for a child’s height and age. Overweight and obesity problems in childhood are handled by developing healthy habits that help the child “grow out of it”. As a parent, you can establish a healthy lifestyle habit from “Day 1” if your child’s weight is not healthy. Take steps to change this.

Helpful Resources

See links below for additional information. 

The Sip Smart! BC™ program (a school based program aimed at decreasing the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages) is now available at www.sipsmart.ca. Click here to access Sip Smart! BC™ resources (Grades 4-6).

Nutrition A-Z (Dietitians of Canada), a comprehensive website about healthy eating.

Canada’s Food Guide – the basics of healthy eating from the Government of Canada.

Physical Activity Guides – benefits, tips and guidelines for physical activity for Canadians.

Superkids Nutrition wants to create future healthier generations through good nutrition. They aim to empower children and families to reach their full potential by having the energy and good health needed to accomplish their life goals; and they help parents and the community become more knowledgeable about nutrition and enable children to make healthy choices

Shapedown BC  is a program that helps children, adolescents, and their families achieve healthy weights.

The Family Healthy Living Program is a FREE, family-based 10 week program held in communities across BC for families with children ages 8 – 12 who want to be on a healthy weight and healthy lifestyle path. The program supports participants in making family changes to healthy behaviours such as healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and sleep that support the child’s own health behaviours. The program is focused on practical, fun activities that build family connectedness while building both the parent/caregiver’s and the child’s skills to make lasting changes. As well, the program incorporates positive mental health activities that build resilience and self confidence and help to enhance overall well-being.  More information and registration is available at www.familyhealthyliving.ca.

Your Healthy Weight, a website offering resources from Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada.

Screen Smart is an initiative to decrease recreational screen time and increase activity levels of students.

The Childhood Obesity Foundation is a BC non-profit society with helpful information.