One of the most vital lessons the scientific and health care communities have learned is that obesity and mental illness are related. And identifying and exposing the complex interplay between the two kinds of diseases is a solid start to developing more comprehensive and effective solutions than currently available in the arsenal.
Coincidence cannot be held accountable for the national mental health crisis and obesity epidemic ripening side-by-side among Canada’s children and youth. That’s why researchers, clinicians and policy makers have been examining how the two may go hand in hand.
While popular media focus on a simplistic too-much-food-not-enough-activity bottom line, scientists are grappling to understand the myriad factors that have contributed to the tripling of obesity rates among Canadian children in just three decades.
Misguided public policies that fail to protect the health of children undermine the fight against childhood obesity, according to a winning submission to the Canadian Obesity Network’s (CON-RCO) annual thesis competition.