“Canadians won’t have to sweat as much to meet national physical-activity standards after experts determined that health benefits can be achieved with less effort than demanded by the existing targets that few of us are meeting.” Globe and Mail
The Canadian government sees fit – (not really) to lower our standards yet again. Reducing the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity to 150 minutes weekly. I have one word for this, SAD.
That is a SAD failure on our government’s part. The experts that weighed in on this see lowering the goal as a way to make the goal more easily achieved, in an attempt to get more people involved. I have one word for this, DUMB.
The World Health Organization and now the Canadian government have lowered the bar yet again. In the midst of a world-wide obesity epidemic-this is the time you batten down the hatches and get real with the issue…not get soft…literally soft! We are succumbing to lazy. Excuses have won yet again.
The government’s position is that the standards are not being met. So the solution is to lower the standard? Essentially dumb it down, or just give up; which again goes back to succumbing to lazy.
This is the time we stand strong and support, encourage and put effort in. Not pull back and throw our hands up. Obesity kills and it is killing people each and every day. Canadians should be raving mad about this. Our taxes are so high and our healthcare system is so stressed because of obesity and obesity related diseases.
How can you expect different results, (i.e healthier population) when you wont support or enforce a standard?
I am shaking my head in disbelief….
This is an epidemic. People would rather watch an hour of the biggest loser than get up and exercise for that hour.
Daily physical education and daily physical movement is necessary. Doing away with phys ed in the schools is shameful. We are making it easier for people to stay unhealthy and out of shape.
Effort. What happened to that?
Learning to read requires effort, but, if you can’t read you will still graduate…good luck after that though. (standards lowered there as well.)
We are teaching this generation and the next generation that goals are unnecessary or at the very least, if you can’t achieve your goals…don’t work harder, make your goal easier to attain.
This is what is definite, the body needs to move and it needs to move daily.
I’m not saying that the government should be responsible for the health of the people in this country. I’m saying that the government endorsing a lower standard of health is making it easier for people to choose a sedentary lifestyle. Although, if I were responsible for paying the medical expenses for people, I might make a demand that they increase their effort. Guess it’s easier to pay the bills then demand accountability.
I hope everyone takes responsibility for his or her own health. Protect yourself, be smart….exercise.
Also from the article:
The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, the central Canadian body for fitness research, will recommend on Jan. 24 that the physical activity guidelines for children, adults and older people in Canada be revised to harmonize with those set by the World Health Organization and other major developed countries like the United States, Australia and Britain
Lets see how these countries rank in world obesity rates by percentage of population:
#1 United States – 30.6%
# 6 Australia 21.7%
# 3 Britain – 23%
# 11 Canada – 14.3%
Figures from OECD Health Data
That’s my rant for today…not meant to offend, just to educate and raise attention to a growing problem. Agree? Disagree? Let me know your feelings.