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.

MEND is a fun, free healthy lifestyle program that empowers children 5-13 who  are above a healthy weight and their families to become fitter and healthier through group sessions that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Participating YMCAs and recreation centres are registering families now. All graduating families are offered a FREE 3 month recreation pass or equivalent. More information on MEND and program sites (16 throughout BC) is available at www.bchealthykids.ca. Call or email your local site to find out if MEND is right for your family and to register for upcoming programs.

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.