Earlier this month, the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, released an extensive study, Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada. The report put forth 21 concrete recommendations, informed in part by expert testimony from a wide range of disciplines.
The report urges the federal government to take serious measures to help Canadians achieve and maintain healthy weights. The report’s 21 recommendations urges the government to make it easier for Canadians to make informed decisions about their diet by: standardizing and expanding nutritional information on food packaging; increasing awareness of the potential harms of processed foods; and overhauling Canada’s dated food guide.
Other key recommendations include implementing effective tax levers to encourage healthy lifestyles; consider a tax on sugar and artificially sweetened beverages; and prohibit the advertising of food and beverages to children.