Active Health Lesson #5 – Nutrition
– Students will be able to relate the characteristics of a healthy lifestyle to their ability to maximize personal potential
– Students will be able to analyse how healthy eating habits can support a healthy lifestyle
– Students will be able to use Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide to plan meals and snacks for a nutritionally balanced diet
– Students will be able to examine the relationship between individual eating practices and physical activity (Physical Education)
– Students will be able to describe factors that influence food choice
– Studens will be able to demonstrate an awareness of eating disorders
1) Facts About Our Eating Habits
– Canada, like many nations, is in the midst of an epidemic of overweight and obesity. Currently, 59% of adult Canadians are either overweight or obese
– There has also been a dramatic increase in unhealthy weights in children. In 1978, only 15% of children were overweight or obese. By 2007, Statistics Canada found that 29% of adolescents had unhealthy weights
– Strength and flexibility of boys and girls has declined significantly since 1981.
– The average Canadian child is sedentary for three to five hours a day in front of the TV. A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal also showed that between 1981 and 1996, the prevalence of overweight boys increased from 15% to 35.4% (the prevalence of overweight girls increased from 15% to 29.2%).
– If current trends continue, by 2040, up to 70% of adults aged 40 years will be either overweight or obese
– In 2005, the total cost of obesity to Canadians was $4.3 billion; $1.8 billion in indirect healthcare costs, and $2.5 billiion in indirect costs
What are Your Calorie Needs
3) Eating Disorders