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Obesity in Canada



Obesity is a chronic as well as a progressive condition, similar to high blood pressure or diabetes. Obesity is characterized by additional body fat that can affect or threaten your health. Several organizations, including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Obesity Network, now consider obesity to be a chronic disease.

In Canada, one in four adults and one in 10 kids have clinical obesity. This means around 6 million Canadians are currently living with obesity and may require immediate help to maintain their weight.

Obese children are at a greater risk of becoming obese adults and can suffer from a number of health consequences, including elevated cholesterol levels, blood pressure and stress. Examining trends in childhood obesity is significant to assess ways to decrease its burden. Obesity rates among youth and children in Canada have almost tripled in the last 30 years.
Health Issues for Obese Children
Obese children experience both physical as well as emotional health problems.
Physical health problems
  • Reduced balance
  • Heart disease or high blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Joint and bone problems
  • Type-2 diabetes
  • Breathing problems
  • Missed or abnormal menstrual cycles
Emotional health problems
  • Being bullied or teased
  • Negative body image and low self-esteem
  • Feeling judged
  • Depression
Medications

In some situations, medication may be prescribed for children as part of an overall weight loss plan. One common weight loss drug, generally prescribed by doctors in Canada is Orlistat (Xenical) for adolescents. This drug prevents the absorption of fat in the intestines. Now you can order Orlistat (Xenical) or any drug prescribed by your physician online via http://www.canadianpharmacylink.com/. Canadian pharmacy links provide medications at your doorstep.

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