Obesity

Obesity has become such a public health issue that even the World Health Organization (WHO) has called it a worldwide epidemic.1 More and more children have diseases associated with it. References

Physically active lifestyle

Even though town and country planning is a shared responsibility between different decision-making levels, municipal decisions directly affect the lives of citizens. Moreover, changes to urban planning, in order to favour a physically active lifestyle, have several benefits such as a positive impact on the environment (e.g., air quality, reduction of heat islands) and on…

Guilty Pleas

Following complaints lodged by the Weight Coalition, the Quebec Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC; Consumer Protection Bureau) has taken legal action against various companies. These proceedings have all ended in guilty pleas.

Complaints Lodged

The Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) lacks sufficient resources to monitor constantly the food industry. That is the reason why, since 2006, the Weight Coalition has taken on the task of reporting practices that are in apparent breach of the law. Here is an overview of complaints lodged to date. In addition, the…

Quebec Law and Exceptions

To counter the food industry’s methods, fight childhood obesity, allowing their children to grow and develop in a supportive food environment, that encourages and helps making healthy food choices as well as maintaining a healthy weight, and, thus, to protect them, Quebec has a law that prohibits commercial advertising to children under the age of…

Marketing to Kids

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that today’s food environment is very different from that experienced by previous generations, the variety of food and beverage products available in most markets offering diversity of taste, convenience and novelty.1 Identified as one of the main contributors to the obesity epidemic, intensive marketing of low-nutrient and high-energy products…