OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada today
commended the federal government's awareness campaign which informs
Canadians, among other things, about the link between over consumption
of sugar sweetened beverages and childhood obesity.
"Health Canada and Minister Aglukkaq hit the mark with their recently
launched Children's Health and Safety Campaign," says Bobbe Wood, Chief
Executive Officer of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
"Canadians need to know the facts in order to make informed decisions
on their health and the health of their children."
"Sugary drinks have no nutritional or health benefits - only health
risks," adds Wood.
Strong evidence supports the association between the consumption of
sugar sweetened beverages and the development of childhood obesity.
Among the general population, consumption of sugary drinks is also
associated with obesity, as well as associated risks for heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
Research shows that each additional serving of a sugar-sweetened
beverage increases the risk of obesity in middle-school students by 60
The average Canadian consumes a whopping 73 litres of soft drinks
"All lines of evidence consistently support the conclusion that the
consumption of sugary drinks, including soda pop, has contributed to
the obesity epidemic," says Wood.
The Foundation continues to work with government and industry to create
and support healthy eating choices and health promoting environments
for Canadians. It does this in many ways, including through Health
Check, the Foundation's food information program, public awareness and
the funding of research to improve healthy eating, and through the
Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads
in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact
through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion
of healthy living, and advocacy. (heartandstroke.ca)
i Ludwig DS, Peterson KE, Gortmaker SL. Relation between consumption of
sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: a prospective
observational analysis. Lancet. 2001 Feb 17;357:505-8.
ii Statistics Canada. Canada Food Stats Highlights. 2009.
SOURCE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA
For further information:
Eileen Melnick McCarthy
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
613.569.4361 ext. 318