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The Star | Children Exercising More and Eating Better
"New research shows we’re doing something right in the battle against childhood obesity.
In a study published in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics, lead author Ronald Iannotti writes that kids aged 11 to 16 are exercising more often and eating more fruits and vegetables. They’re also watching less television and consuming fewer sweets and sugary drinks.
“It may be that current public health efforts are succeeding; the trends from 2001 to 2009 are encouraging,” the study says.
When it comes to obesity risk factors such as exercise and healthy eating, she adds that Canadian trends tend to mirror American ones, with Canadian numbers slightly better.
Warshawski argues the push to get kids to adopt healthy lifestyles needs to start while they’re in the womb, earlier than marketers begin to build brand loyalty for junk food among kids.
“There are a lot of societal forces which are driving behaviour the other way,” he says. “We’ve just got to keep the pressure up.”