When parents bring a child into the clinic, they do so hoping for help to treat an acute illness or a longer-term problem.
Our healthcare system remains focused on acute – emergency — care and the “therapeutic imperative” to fix everything we can fix when a patient is ill. But when someone is approaching the end of life, this approach may no longer be what the patient and their families need or want most.
Promising government regulatory approaches to curb obesity include:
– discouraging higher calorie consumption by enforcing serving sizes
– banning food and beverage ads targeting children
– zoning laws prohibiting fast food sales near schools
– regulating nutrition claims packaging
– tax credits for fitness activities
– more affordable recreational activities
– better walking paths
Some social and environmental risk factors for obesity include:
– promotion and availability of high calorie food
– limited access to health food
– lack of time for meal preparation
– barriers to physical activity
Obesity is not simply the result of individuals making bad decisions but is strongly influenced by the social and commercial environments that put some at higher risk for certain behaviours.
With a federal election on the horizon, certain high level policy topics are bound to make the headlines beyond the personalities of the political leaders: the economy, energy prices, jobs prospects even climate change.
Five things every journalist should know about the relationship between poverty and health in Canada
Over three million Canadians struggle to make ends meet — and what may surprise many is the devastating influence poor income, education and occupation can have on our health.
Will the cost of senior care in Canada one day break the bank? Probably not, contrary to common perceptions.