Tag Archives: Obesity

Wake Up Weight Watchers

  If you’re active on social media, you may have come across the hashtag #WakeUpWeightWatchers  this past weekend. It’s a response to the company offering a free six-week program to teens as young as 13 to help them with weight loss – as long as they have their parent’s permission. The good news for those […]

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Open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about added sugars on nutrition labels

  Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, As a practicing registered dietitian in Canada, it is indeed wonderful to see the example you set for our fellow Canadians. The headlines about your possibly being the fittest world leader and the articles about your fitness activities – yoga and boxing, for instance – show the citizens of […]

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“When ‘You’re So Skinny!’ isn’t quite a compliment”

Have you ever felt like you’ve had foot in mouth disease after complimenting someone about their weight?  Or maybe you’ve paid what you thought was a compliment to someone about your perception of their body.  I, as a dietitian who deals with weight issues and eating disorders, am usually very careful about not falling into […]

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Time for a new Food Guide

Canada’s Food Guide has long been a source of heated discussion. The latest controversy comes courtesy of a debate entitled, “Does Canada’s Food Guide promote weight gain?”. Ottawa’s Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, squared off with Dr. Hasan Hutchinson, Director-General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health […]

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How to detox: We’ve got a built in system

Everywhere you turn nowadays, you hear about cleansing diets and the best way to detox.  At the same time, we’re constantly bombarded about just how fat we’re becoming and the toll on health this excess weight can take. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and certain cancers are among the well known maladies linked […]

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Childhood obesity solutions: Has the Ontario Medical Association gone a little too far?

There’s no doubt about it:  we need solutions to tackle the ever-growing obesity epidemic in children. It’s been said many times that this generation of kids won’t outlive their parents.  While too many calories and too little exercise appear to be the culprits, current nutritional science is showing there’s much more at work here.  Today’s […]

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