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Parents blamed as Canadian obesity rates triple since the 1970s

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Obesity rates have tripled since the 1970s, parents may be to blame

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Parents, this is something to think about as you get ready to start making school lunches again.

Statistics Canada has released a study showing the percentage of children who are obese has almost tripled since the 1970s.

Are parents to blame?

Stats-Can says 13 per cent of kids in Canada are obese — way up from the 5 per cent four decades ago.

Julie Romanowski is a child behaviour specialist who says it’s never too early to talk to your children about weight and body image.

Romanowski says kids need to hear positive messages about themselves, “which can definitely eliminate a lot of this ‘my body is not the same as my friends’ and ‘I have a bigger waist than [kids] in my class.”

She says kids need to learn very early about eating proper food and getting nutrients.

“And our body is craving those, and if we don’t top up our body with these types of nutrients, the natural ones that come from the earth, our body will be starving for something and that’s where we get cravings.”

A survey of American doctors, meantime, suggests almost 70 per cent of them believe Moms and Dads are to blame for their kids being overweight.