Strategies for Community Health Promotion Obesity in school-aged children in Canada has reached epidemic proportion and continues to increase. In 2007 self-reported rates for obesity amongst 12-17 year olds were 2.9% for girls and 6.8% for boys (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2009). The obesity and overweight rates have increased in school aged children from 15% in 1978/79 to 26% in 2004 with a 5% increase in obesity rates (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010). The determinants involved in the development of obesity in Canadian school-aged children include socio-economic status, environmental factors and personal health practices and coping skills. Environmental factors such as the availability of parks and recreational centers for...The end:
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