What are you doing on that screen of yours?

A few years ago we were with my wife’s family for the holidays.  I often read a lot over the holidays, and at the time I was doing most of my reading on my iPad.  This was before my son was born, so I could easily read for 1-2 hours/day during the holidays.  So I was on my iPad an awful lot. At one point my mother-in-law asked what I was working on.  At the…

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What tool should we use to measure sedentary behaviour in population health surveys?

Article: Prince SA, LeBlanc AG, Colley RC, Saunders TJ. Measurement of sedentary behaviour in population health surveys: a review and recommendations. PeerJ 2017;5:e4130. Travis’ Note: Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Stephanie Prince, and details a recent collaboration in which we (along with Drs Allana LeBlanc and Rachel Colley) reviewed the current questionnaires available for measuring sedentary behaviour, and offer evidence-based suggestions for moving forward.  The result is the International Sedentary Assessment Tool,…

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The truth about holiday weight gain

Today I’d like to revisit an issue which is becoming a bit of a holiday tradition here at Obesity Panacea. How much weight do people gain over the holidays?   If you ask many people, they will say that the average person gains somewhere around 10 lbs, which is a pretty substantial amount (over a 10 year period, that would mean people were gaining roughly 100 lbs from the holiday season alone!).  This idea has…

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Are toddlers meeting the New Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years?

Today’s post comes from Dr Eun-Young Lee. More on Dr Lee can be found at the bottom of this post.  New Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years were launched in November 20171. The new guidelines include general and specific recommendations for three movement behaviours, namely, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep, for three different age groups (i.e., infants, toddlers, and preschoolers). For toddlers (aged 1 to 2 years) in particular, the specific recommendations include:…

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Canada and Australia release 24-hour movement guidelines for pre-school aged children

Big news today – Canada and Australia just released the world’s first 24-hour movement guidelines for pre-school aged kids.  The Open Access journal BMC Public Health has a full special issue devoted to the guidelines. These guidelines integrate guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep.  These were previously covered by separate guidelines (e.g. Canada had one set of PA guidelines, and another set of SB guidelines), which is a bit artificial – imagine if…

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Why are adults sedentary?

Today’s article comes from Dr Stephanie Prince Ware.  More information on Dr Prince Ware can be found at the bottom of this post.  Her recent paper on correlates of sedentary behaviour in adults can be found at the following link: Prince SA, Reed JL, McFetridge C, Tremblay MS, Reid RD. Correlates of sedentary behaviour in adults: a systematic review. Obes Rev 2017;18(8):915-935. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28524615 Background As adults, we spend far too much time being sedentary; in…

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Want your kids to be active? Send them outside

Last week I came across a fascinating paper by my friend and colleague Dr Richard Larouche. Richard used the Canadian Health Measures Survey (a large, nationally representative survey) to look at the relationship between outdoor play and physical activity in Canadian kids aged 7-14 years.  From the paper: Each additional hour spent outdoors per day was associated with 7.0 more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, 762 more steps, and 13 fewer minutes of sedentary time.…

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Sedentary Time in Older Adults: What we know, and where we need to go

Today’s post comes from Dr Jennifer Copeland, and Dr Shilpa Dogra.  More information on the authors can be found at the bottom of this post. We often hear about the health consequences of excessive screen time in children, and too much sitting among adults working in office settings. But what about older adults? People over the age of 60 face unique health challenges, such as age-associated declines in physical and cognitive function; prolonged periods of…

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Can people with obesity be metabolically healthy?

To date, countless epidemiological studies have shown that as you move from a normal weight (BMI = 18.5-24.9 kg/m2) towards overweight (BMI = 25-29.9kg/m2) and obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) the risk of many diseases increases exponentially. Does this imply that every individual carrying excess weight is guaranteed to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or some other disease? Although this belief prevails, the cumulative research suggests the answer to the above question is a resounding…

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Don’t crap on other parents

This summer I saw an explosion of discussion on Twitter concerning an article on the website Mom.me, titled “To the Parents Who Give Their Kids iPads in Restaurants“.  The article was a letter from author Amy Freeman to the parents she had seen letting their kids use iPads in a restaurant. To the couple seated beside me at that bistro last week: I nearly stopped to talk to you as I left the restaurant but…

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