Parents with overweight children do not even realize there is a problem, according to Dr. Peter Nieman, a well-known pediatrician in Calgary. Research shows that parents as well as their children have an inaccurate perception of what constitutes obesity.
Obesity costs the Canadian economy somewhere between $4.6-billion and $7.1-billion a year. Those costs are split pretty evenly between direct health-care costs and indirect costs such as lost productivity of people unable to work as a result of illness from obesity.
Pediatricians, doctors and researchers all express great concern about the health consequences of being overweight. Obesity significantly increases the risk of 18 chronic illnesses, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and some forms of cancer.Continue Reading