Ironically, our society is plagued with a fascination for physical appearance and food. There is no shortage of weight loss programs, detoxes, diet pills, wearable technologies and exercise regimes. Carrying excess weight comes with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, arthritis and cancer. A 2010 report determined that overweight and obesity costs amounted to 4.1% of Canada’s health care budget ($6 billion), which is probably an understatement.

So, with the plethora of resources, knowledge of health care problems and costs, why are 1 in 4 Canadian adults and 1 in 10 Canadian children obese? Who or what is to blame? Food choices? Genetics? Our sedentary North American lifestyle? Lack of exercise?

Why eating less does not equal weighing less

One barrier to weight loss occurs when obese people cut calories. Each individual has a unique and specific healthy weight of which the human body is aware. When some people lower caloric intake, their…

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