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. (via 31% of Canadian kids are overweight or obese - Health - CBC News)
Only yesterday, a new study came out linking exposure to BPA to higher risk of child obesity.
However the new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests “ubiquitous” exposure to BPA may be linked to obesity in white children.
- The researchers studied 2,838 children from the ages of six to 19, between 2003 to 2008, and found that the higher the concentration of BPA in their urine, the more likely they were to be obese.
- The participants were divided into four groups depending on their level of urinary BPA. Those in the lowest group had a 10.3 per cent prevalence of obesity, while those in the group with the highest level had a 22.3 per cent prevalence of obesity.
- Interestingly, the study points out that when the results were broken down by ethnicity, it became clear that the BPA-obesity trend was only present in the white children and adolescents in the study. In children from other ethnicities there was no clear relationship between BPA levels and obesity.