Ontario’s doctors are alarmed at the levels of obesity in patients across our province. Doctors are seeing more patients — of all ages — whose weight negatively impacts their health or will likely have an impact in the future. The increasing weight of Ontario’s children is of particular concern. In the last 30 years, we have seen obesity rates among children and youth triple. Children and youth who are overweight or obese are more likely to grow up to be overweight or obese adults and struggle with their weight throughout their lives. Obese patients are more likely to develop:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure or heart disease
  • Arthritis or bone and joint problems
  • Sleep apnea and other breathing problems
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Depression

Ontario’s Doctors support patients, partnering with them to help them make positive health care decisions. Speak to your doctor about how you can make healthier choices to improve your wellbeing.


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