Canadian news outlets are reporting that Canadians are eating a lot more junk food than we thought.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency reports that last year, Canadians consumed 6.5 billion meals and snacks, compared with the 7.2 billion in the United States.
It’s a huge gap, and many Canadians aren’t happy about it.
The Canadian Press reports that “a third of Canadians don’t eat enough food, while only 1 in 5 have enough to eat on average.”
The Canadian Journal of Nutrition says, “In many ways, Canada’s obesity epidemic is a direct result of its obesity problem.”
The Globe and Mail says “a national survey of Canadians last year found that 40 per cent of respondents were overweight, while 19 per cent were obese.
It’s a growing problem, with the Canadian Public Health Agency estimating that in 2015, 16.7 million people in Canada were overweight or obese.
The report notes that the increase in obesity “was most pronounced among younger people, with men and women both more likely to be obese.”
It adds that in the past five years, Canadians are spending an average of $3,936 per person per year on food and non-food items.
That’s a $1,000 increase per person on food purchases over the previous five years.
In 2016, a study from the Canadian Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities found that the obesity rate in Canada has more than doubled since 2003.
The Globe and Jay’s suggests that “Canada’s obesity problem may be even more serious than we previously thought.”
The association reports that the number of adults in the age group of 50 and over who were obese had nearly doubled from 2001 to 2014.
It also says that “one-quarter of the increase over that time was due to people under 50.”
“Other studies show that men are less likely than women to participate in the work force, and men are much more likely than their female counterparts to report weight issues in general.” “
In fact, the obesity crisis among men is not the only reason why women are having a harder time meeting the health and weight standards required by the Canadian Medical Association,” the report states.
“Other studies show that men are less likely than women to participate in the work force, and men are much more likely than their female counterparts to report weight issues in general.”
The article notes that “more than half of Canadians are overweight or obesity.”
A survey conducted in 2017 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that “the prevalence of overweight and obesity is highest in men and in children and adolescents.”
It also found that one-quarter (24.8 per cent) of all American adults and 12 per cent (14.9 per cent)-of those under age 65-of all men and of those aged 18 to 24 are obese.
The CDC reported that one in five Americans have at least one unhealthy food item in their household, and that “healthier choices are becoming increasingly important as Americans struggle with an obesity epidemic that has seen rates of obesity climb rapidly in recent years.”
It says that the percentage of people who eat at least three unhealthy foods a day has risen from about 15 per cent in 1999 to about 22 per cent today.
In addition, the CDC reports that there are approximately 1.3 million more Americans in the country who are overweight and obese than there were when the CDC first started tracking them in 1990.
It notes that many of these obese Americans are older, and their diets are “often more nutrient-dense.”
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, former Vice President Joe Biden, a former Democratic presidential candidate, said that he believes that the US needs to make changes to its diet.
“We need to be a little bit more active in our communities, in our families,” Biden said.
“And I think we’ve got to change the way that we live our lives.
We’ve got too many kids growing up with a diet that is very, very high in sugar and processed foods.”