[The Weight of the Nation] One of the most sickening things this graphic brings to light is the fact that 87% of the food and beverage ads seen by children ages 6-11 on TV are for products high in saturated fat, sugar, or sodium. The six companies who control nearly all of our mainstream media – see this Frugal Dad infographic – are bombarding people with unhealthy choices, and looking to make millions off of peoples poor eating and exercise choices.
Almost a third of Canadians aged five to 17 are overweight or obese, Statistics Canada finds. Using World Health Organization standards of measurement, 31.5 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds — an estimated 1.6 million Canadians — were classified as overweight (19.8 per cent) or obese (11.7 per cent) from 2009 to 2011. Among children aged five to 11, the percentage of obese boys (19.5 per cent) was more than three times that of obese girls (6.3 per cent), the agency said.