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New Guidelines to Address Growing Obesity Epidemic

tivity through physical education class-time and opportunities for active recreation;

"Screen time" (e.g. television watching, and video or computer games) should be limited to less than two hours per day to encourage increased activity and less food consumption, and to limit exposure to food advertising.

"We hope that our recommendations will have a major impact on guiding health care practitioners to work with their patients to help them understand that weight and body shape is not a cosmetic issue but a medical issue," says Dr. Denis Drouin, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Laval University in Québec City and a member of the CPG Expert Panel.

"Canadians must be alerted to the fact that their weight and body shape can have a serious impact on their long-term health, and that they need to act now to lessen their risk of heart disease and diabetes. Even a modest loss of 5% to 10% of body weight, or a few inches from the waist, can result in significant health benefits."

As there remain major gaps in knowledge regarding treatment and prevention, the guidelines also recommend areas for further research to optimize management and to reduce the prevalence rate of overweight and obese individuals in Canada.

The recommendations range from the need for population based data and more research on the biological, social, cultural and environmental determinants of obesity, to new research on effective treatment strategies, policies and interventions.

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