This is a great resource that came to my inbox from the Ontario Medical Association.  Have a read and check out the resource they have developed:

 

Ontario’s Doctors are committed to having the healthiest patients. Part of that commitment includes providing you with information on different ways to live your healthiest life. As such, the OMA has created downloadable resources on a variety of healthcare issues, available for you on their website. Over the coming weeks, the OMA will proactively share information and resources on a number of particularly important topics. This week’s focus: Obesity
ObesityOntario’s doctors are concerned at the levels of obesity in patients across Ontario. Doctors are seeing more patients — of all ages — whose weight negatively impacts their health or will likely have an impact in the future. The increasing weight in kids is of particular concern. In the last 30 years, we have seen obesity rates among children and youth triple. Children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to grow up to be overweight or obese adults and struggle with their weight throughout their lives. Obese patients are more likely to develop:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure or heart disease
  • Arthritis or bone and joint problems
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Depression

Ontario’s Doctors support patients, partnering with them to help them make positive health care decisions. Speak to your doctor about how you can make healthier choices to improve your well being.

Ontario’s Doctors Can HelpThe first step in combating obesity and making decisions that lead to a healthier lifestyle is educating yourself on how and why you gain weight. Calories are a measure of energy. To gain weight, you need to consume more energy or calories than you expend, and to lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you expend in energy. Maintaining or changing your weight depends on the balance of calories that you eat and drink vs. the calories that you use or burn, through activity and exercise.
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Understanding calories does not mean that you can never eat a high calorie meal, but rather it is about getting a sense of the calorie counts in your foods and drinks, and making informed choices. It is important to find a balance between high and low calorie items, and understanding where extra calories are hidden will help you do that. Ontario’s Doctors have long advocated for better calorie awareness. The OMA was instrumental in ensuring that restaurants and fast food outlets in Ontario are required to list calories on their menus.

For further information check out the downloadable resource, Understanding Calories,above. This document provides more detailed information about calories, recommended daily intake, and highlights some ‘hidden’ calorie rich foods. For more comprehensive information and resources, please visit the website, OntariosDoctors.com.

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