We’re letting Canadian kids eat themselves sick

A bill that would protect children is languishing in the Senate. We need it to tackle childhood obesity and chronic diseases

We’re letting Canadian kids eat themselves sickIf you’ve ever watched the hit TV series Mad Men, you’ll remember that everybody smoked. Everyone. Everywhere. It was a great show, in part, because it was like a trip back in time, showing us what life was like in the American advertising industry in the early 1960s. Smoking was just a part of normal…

The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent Los…

Joining the war on diabetes

Extraordinary research is being done at the Alberta Diabetes Institute at the University of Alberta, and in many other facilities

Joining the war on diabetesRED DEER, Alta. June 7, 2017/Troy Media/ - Every parent lives in fear. For most of us, that fear is by necessity background noise. If we can't push it into the background, it will overwhelm us – and we know that a paranoid parent is a dangerously overprotective parent. We know the steps from loving,…

Rising rates of kidney failure signal need for public health strategy

A national program is needed to address the root causes of kidney failure in adults and children

Rising rates of kidney failure signal need for public health strategyBy Allison Dart and Mariette Chartier University of Manitoba As many as 40,000 people in Canada are affected by kidney failure – and the problem is increasing across the country, with significant consequences for our health system. A report we released this month from the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy projects an increase of 68…

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatment

A supportive school environment is critically important for keeping children with diabetes safe and healthy

Young students with diabetes should get equal treatmentFor parents of kids with diabetes, the beginning of each new school year brings not only the usual preparations, but also fears for their child’s health and safety. This is especially true if their school or school district does not have a policy to ensure staff are knowledgeable about diabetes, know how to prevent emergencies,…