Keep Skin Shine-Free This Summer

Keep Skin Shine-Free This Summer

By Arveen Mann

The hot heat of summer is here. Unfortunately for some, the warmer weather can lead to shiny and oily skin. As a girl that also suffers from shiny skin in the warmer temperatures here are my tips on to keep your skin looking oil-free.

Tip #1: Don’t use a strong cleanser for oily skin. I would recommend a mild cleanser. Strong cleansers often dry out pores. When pores are over-dry they produce even more oil, making your skin look shiny.

Tip #2: After cleansing use a moisturizer for shiny skin. An oil-free moisturizer is best for shine control. An oil-free moisturizer will mattify and reduce shine on your skin while still keeping your skin hydrated.

Tip #3: Don’t over-wash your face. Try to limit washing your face to only two times a day. By washing your face too often will also lead to increased oil production and shiny skin.

Tip #4: Wash your face using slightly warm water. This will relax your face without putting too much stress on pores.

Tip #5: Blotting sheets are a girl’s best friend! They help remove excess surface oil and are small enough to slip into your back pocket.

I truly hope this article will help you out this summer from one oily girl to another.

Summer fitness gear to get you pumped

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Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Fix Dry Winter Skin with these Remedies

Dry skin or not, the harsh conditions of winter can wreak havoc on the sensitive, exposed skin of face and hands. But have no fear! Expert Chloe McCauley, National Dermocosmetic Educator of La Roche Posay has a few tips up her sleeve to keep skin looking fresh all season long.


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Why does skin get so dry during the winter?
In the winter a lot of people experience dryness (due to a lack of oil) and dehydration (a lack of water in the skin). Cold winds, the forced air of indoor heating systems and fluctuating temperatures cause skin to dry out. Going from indoors to outdoors all the time doesn’t help either.

What are some symptoms of dry skin?

  • Irritation, inflammation and redness.
  • A feeling of tightness in the face, especially when you smile.
  • Skin that is rough to the touch, or even flaking.

Can dry skin be treated or is it something we just need to suffer with until summer?
To treat dry skin, an inside-out approach really works best. If it’s a situation you really want to fix, you’ll need to commit to a bit of a lifestyle change.

Try these tips:
Trade in hot showers for warm ones and limit the time you spend lathering up. No more than 15 minutes. If you’re already lacking moisture, the hot water will start to break down the natural oils in  skin.
Don’t rub skin dry. Instead, gently pat skin dry with your towel and apply moisturizer immediately  after drying, while skin is still damp. This helps the moisturizer penetrate deeper into skin.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s. Omega-3s helps bodies hold moisture and keeps everything lubricated. Try adding a few Omega-3 rich foods like raw nuts, avocado and salmon to meals. Good thing granola, guacamole and sushi are so delicious!

How can our readers protect their skin against the sun’s rays while snowboarding, skiing or even while out for a walk?
Prevention is still key! In winter UV rays are still incredibly strong. Snow is a reflective surface and actually reflects 80 percent of those rays. What does that mean? It’s extremely important to use high quality sunscreens that push UV-A rays away from skin. These harmful rays are present all year long so it important to keep yourself protected. A broad-spectrum sunscreen can help.

Some acne medications cause dry skin. How can our readers who use these meds fight off  dehydration?
Aside from dry skin on the face, it can also happen on lips. Luckily there are a few products that can hydrate. La Roche Posay’s Ceralip is formulated for people on the acne medication Accutane. It’s also great for those who participate in cold weather sports.


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The condition of skin can really fluctuate over the course of a month. Can periods have anything to do with that?
Definitely. The fluctuation of hormones plus the stress that can occur around “that time of the month” can definitely change our skin. Closer to your period, your skin produces a thick, sticky oil, which means you have a higher chance for breakouts. You may also find that your pre-period breakouts are always in the same spot, like your chin or forehead. This is caused by a single oil gland that produces more each month.

All about eczema

For some, living with dry, chapped skin is a daily occurrence. While some people face minor skin changes in winter, those with severe skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can find their conditions become almost unbearable in the winter months. “People with eczema naturally have an overactive immune system. It’s like the skin wants to protect  against everything,” says Chloe. Using soap-free shower gels and hand washes can help. Consult your family doctor or pharmacist who can help you find a treatment that works.


The Dangers of Caffeine for Teens

The Dangers of Caffeine for Teens

Do you start your day with a double-double?

Though your morning macchiato sounds harmless and downright delicious, these extra jolts of caffeine can end up being a real downer to your health. “Drinking too much caffeine is associated with
rapid heart rate, vomiting, change in heart rhythm and psychotic episodes, and could cause convulsions and even death, warns Dr. Ran Goldman, professor, Department of Pediatrics at University of British Columbia, Child and Family Research Institute in Vancouver.

In the past, pop was the main caffeine culprit. But today Dr. Goldman says teens are consuming more caffeine than ever, thanks to the abundance of gourmet coffee and energy drinks. The recommended amount of caffeine for a teen is up to 180 mg (equal to a filter drip 8 oz. coffee), however, many teens are exceeding that limit.

And, not only can that be bad for your health, but its downright counter-productive. Think about it. You down a macchiato or two while cramming for your exam the next day. Sure, that caffeine might give you an energy boost long enough to get through the ins and outs of Algebra but it will also upset your sleep cycles. This, in turn, will sour your mood and have a negative effect on your ability to focus, leaving you with a less-than-stellar performance.

The solution? Grab for green tea instead, says Dr. Joey Shulman, bestselling author and a nutritionist who often works with teens.

“Green tea secretes EGCG and L-theanine, which are good for your metabolism and make you feel alert and calm at the same time,” she says.

CameronHelps 5th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk

CameronHelps 5th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk

CameronHelps is gearing up for its 5th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk happening Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Port Credit. CameronHelps is a Peel region charity that aims to prevent youth suicide, and its annual run helps shed light on how physical activity can often reduce depression and improve mental health in young people. In attendance will be Cabral ‘Cabbie’ Richards (TSN), Adrienne Kress (Award-winning author), Glen Peloso (Celebrity designer, Marilyn Dennis show), Mark Spicoluk (YTV’s The Next Star), Chris Howson (ProudFM) – plus more to be announced – to help raise support and awareness for CameronHelps’ teen mental health programs.

  • In Canada, 75% of mental disorders develop by age 24; 50% by age 14.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people, after accidents, accounting for 24% of all deaths among Canadians ages 15 to 24.
  • Only 1 in 5 children in Canada who need mental health services ever receives professional help.

The Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk has grown significantly over the past five years and this year organizers are expecting over 500 participants from across Ontario, many from the Team Unbreakable teen run programs held at Peel Region high schools.  The run starts and finishes at the Port Credit Lighthouse (105 Lakeshore Rd. West) and follows a picturesque route along the Mississauga waterfront trail. Event day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 9:00 a.m. Participants can also pre-register on-line at

This is the fifth anniversary of our run, and so much has happened with our charity over this short time. We are expanding our programs all across Ontario, we have research support from McMaster University and a former Ontario cabinet minister on our board. The support from Peel schools has been tremendous and we expect even more teen participants this year,” says David Harris, Founder of CameronHelps.

Those who register will receive a huge 5th Anniversary finisher’s medal, a technical event shirt, and special Father’s Day breakfast for only $35. Families or groups of four or more that register pay only $25 each.  Following the run is the popular breakfast at the Port Credit Legion (35 Front Street). The breakfast starts at 9:30 a.m. and additional tickets are available for purchase at the door for only $10.

Those unable to attend the event but would like to support CameronHelps’ programs can donate online at

*Stats provided by Mental Health Commission of Canada (2011) and Canadian Mental Health Association (n.d.).

Myths about girls and my first giveaway!!!

Myths about girls and my first giveaway!!!

Hello lovelies,

Being a part of Vervegirl’s Vrep program I was asked by Kotex to participate in their Generation Know program. If you don’t know what Generation Know is it is a community of women all around the world breaking myths about everything to do with our bodies.

There are four different projects that you can take part in:

Break the Silence
Bust a Myth
Change the Message &
Spread the Word

Being a female in my 20’s I think that is so0o important for all of us to know everything we can about ourselves, right down to the things that we are too scared or nervous to talk about(even with our own doctors). Personally I hate going to the doctors for that yearly uncomfortable appointment. But it is time that we as women gather together and help one another. There are so many outrageous myths out there that you really would laugh or giggle if you heard some of them, but sadly enough most girls can’t distinguish between the facts and myths.

For example some myths include…

Can you get an STD from a toilet seat?
– Although public toilets are pretty nasty this has never happened before.
Will you get attacked by a shark if you swim on your period?
– Sharks don’t care if and when we are on our periods.
Is coffee good for fighting PMS?
– No coffee can actually make cramps worse. This I find to be a total catch 22, because caffeine helps to get rid of bloating, but then I have to suffer with horrible cramps afterwards, boo!! :(

One myth that I always thought was true while growing up is that you can’t get pregnant during that time of the month, but that ‘aint true, says the doctor!

One thing that I also never knew is that bananas are one fruit that can actually help fight away those self loathing monthly blues!!! YAY!! This makes me super happy because I love bananas and they taste so good in breakfast smoothies!!

What myths did you and your friends grow up with?

Myths such as the ones mentioned above exist because we don’t talk about them enough. Why are we always so scared to talk to one another? I mean we are all girls and we have and/or are all going through the same things right? Even though it may be difficult (I still squirm sometimes) when we work together to tear down myths like these we raise girls’ confidence and when we are fearless we teach girls not to be ashamed about their bodies. So let’s talk more!!

As a part of the Generation Know program for each girl who joins Generation KnowU by Kotex will donate toGirls For a Change, a national non-profit organization that empowers girls to lead social change within their communities, up to $500,000.

Being a part of this program U by Kotex sent me a package in the mail, with a bunch of these “i know” bracelets. Wearing one of these bracelets symbolizes that you are in the know and that you support Generation Know. I think that it is so important for women and especially ones such as ourselves who have an audience of girls that look up to us to help make a change. With that being said I wanted to do a giveaway!!!!

There will be 4 winners for this giveaway and each winner will receive two of these “i know” bracelets, one for you and one that you can give to a friend. The bracelets are so cute and colourful and they would look great stacked with other bracelets. One of the four winners will also win something extra!!! Two of my favourite lipsticks from Rimmel’s moisture renew line. I have raved about this line before as it is one of the only lipstick brands I have ever tried that do not dry out my lips. The two colours include 700 nude delight and 320 funtime fuchsia. (The fuchsia swatch is not the exact same colour it is a little bit brighter than funtime fuchsia; I swatched my 340 lily extase as it is very similar and I don’t currently own funtime fuchsia. Also in the stick the camera is not doing the colour justice at all, it really is much more pink than red in person.)

This giveaway is open to all of my North American readers (sorry to everyone outside of North America, but I promise to do an international giveaway at some point!!).

Rules of the giveaway:
1. You must live in Canada or the US.
2. You have to be a follower of my blog on GFC and/or bloglovin’.
3. Comment below that you would like to be entered and also leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
4. You must be over the age of 18 or have your parents permission to give me your mailing address to send you your prize should you win.
6. Extra entry – Follow me on twitter @annpaige and tweet me with the hashtag #annpaigeiknow. You can do this once a day.

The contest will be open for two weeks starting today March 25th and it will end on April 8th 11:59pm EST.

Good luck to everyone and let’s all speak up and be a catalyst for change!!!

To find out more info about Generation Know go their website generationknow and you can also check

Thank you so much to Vervegirl and Generation Know for this amazing opportunity to be a part of such an awesome community!!!


Get with generation KNOW

Get with generation KNOW

Want to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution?  Positivity May Be The Secret Weapon To Weight Management Success

Want to Keep Your Weight Loss Resolution? Positivity May Be The Secret Weapon To Weight Management Success


New Special K research shows women who think positively about weight management are more likely to report success; Canadian poll reveals just 48 per cent of Canadians say they’re positive

‘Tis the season for planning New Year’s resolutions and according to the Kellogg’s Special K* Canadian Positivity Poll, recently conducted by Angus Reid, a staggering 97 per cent of Canadians agree that a positive attitude helps in achieving goals. However, just 48 per cent of Canadians consider themselves positive. Hina Khan, psychotherapist, television personality and Special K Ambassador agrees that attitude is everything and says getting positive is easier than you think. Additional research by Special K supports the link between positivity and achieving weight management goals*. This is great news for the 61 per cent of Canadians making 2013 resolutions because the most popular are weight management related. Thirty per cent of Canadians are resolving to exercise more, lose weight or eat right. Just in time for 2013, launches with new personalized plans to help the health-conscious stick to their resolutions.

The Canadian Positivity Poll Says:

  • 61% are making a resolution
  • 97% say positive attitude helps achieve goals
  • 48% consider themselves positive
  • 46% did not achieve their 2012 resolution
  • 57% Blamed lack of self discipline & motivation for not achieving their 2012 resolution

When it comes to resolution success, the poll revealed that Canadians were almost evenly split between success and failure in 2012. In her psychotherapy practice, Ms. Khan works with people every day to help them change their attitudes to find success in all areas of life. She agrees that negative thinking can sabotage your weight management efforts and says positive thinking is critical in New Year’s resolution success.

“I see it constantly in my practice – there is a real link between positivity and the ability to successfully achieve goals,” says Ms. Khan. “Weight management is a big resolution goal for 2013 and Special K research shows that women who think positively about their weight management are more likely to succeed with their weight loss efforts. Not only are they more successful, they are actually eight times less likely to gain weight than women who think negatively about their weight management.*”

Canada’s cup might be half full, but nearly a quarter have a negative attitude about weight

When it came to weight management, nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of Canadians had a negative attitude, identifying with statements like “It’s a struggle. I’m constantly trying but never seem to make much progress” or “It’s too much work and I can’t be bothered.”

The good news says Ms. Khan is that “the poll shows that only 12 per cent of Canadians were flat out “cup is half empty” or “cup is empty” thinkers, 48 per cent were positive and 40 per cent were balanced. Many Canadians do have a positive attitude and I’m going to show you how to harness that positivity to achieve your resolution in 2013.”

Defeat the defeatist attitude and succeed

Of Canadians who made a resolution for 2012, 46 per cent failed. The primary reasons were attitude – lack of discipline or motivation. Fifty seven per cent of Canadians cited these reasons, and the figure was higher among women – 63 per cent.

“Positive thinking is so powerful because it puts us into a position of power and into the driver’s seat of our own life; what you focus on will manifest because your actions support your thoughts.” says Ms. Khan. “Discipline and motivation, two big challenges for Canadians making resolutions, can be fueled by positive thinking.”

Ms. Khan offers five tips on how to think more positively:

 1.       Catch negative thoughts before they take over, don’t feed them!

  • Dismiss thoughts like “I’ll never achieve my weight management goal”

2.       Reframe thoughts to the positive

  • “I get to go to the gym” versus “I have to”

3.       Live in the present: don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future, focus on the now

  • “I’m eating well and exercising and I’m proud of what I can do!”

4.       Surround yourself with positive people

  • The Special K research showed that women who lost or maintained weight were three times as likely to rely on friends as a form of  support*, positive people can help you stay on track

5.       Remember the external world is a perception of your internal world – which you can control

  • Another finding from the Special K research is that women who think positively about weight management were more likely to put a stop to negative conversations about their own or others bodies* – you can be the positive influence!

Caving into cravings

Lack of self discipline was the number one reason why Canadians didn’t achieve their resolution last year. Managing cravings is an act of self discipline for those embarking on a weight management program. “Cravings got the best of me” was noted as the third most popular reason Canadians failed at their resolution.

“It’s a lot easier to be disciplined about your weight management resolution if you have a plan,” Ms. Khan explains. “First think positive and then take advantage of resources out there to develop and support your plan. For example, Special K has brand new free personalized plans designed to align with your lifestyle. And it’s now easier than ever to satisfy hunger and cravings while controlling portion size with Special K cereals, snacks, and new breakfast sandwiches and protein shakes.”

Start your day on a positive note with a healthy breakfast!

Special K personalized plans match your lifestyle from breakfast, noon to night:

Quick and Easy: Great for people on-the-go. Tried and true menus that are as easy as they are tasty

Loads of Variety: Geared to foodies, a flavourful palette that keeps you interested

Always Veggie: Fresh and tasty meatless options that deliver a protein punch

In addition to meal plans, the system offers great tips and fitness plans with more information on food, fitness, fashion and beauty, with personalized articles and tools designed to keep people positive and motivated

Sign up at

Dream on!

When asked what their dream resolution would be if it was guaranteed to happen next year, almost one quarter of Canadians chose “Have My Dream Body” second only to “Have My Dream Lifestyle” (30 per cent). The dream job, dream romantic relationship and dream holiday were tied for third most popular (approx 9 per cent each).”



Get the Cold Sore Truth

Get the Cold Sore Truth

Cold sores may be a common health condition, but they certainly pack a punch for sufferers.  When it comes to fighting off cold sores fast, knowledge is power. So here, courtesy of Nancy Simonot, spokesperson for Abreva and NKS Health pharmacist, are a few cold sore truths to set the record straight on proper treatment.


Cold Sore 101

  • Cold sores are blisters occurring around the lip area caused by a reactivation of the herpes simplex virus (HSV).  These can appear as a single blister or a cluster.
  • Cold sores are common and contagious. They can cause pain, itchiness, redness and if left untreated can last from six to 10 days.
  • Although up to 90 per cent of adults carry the cold sore virus, only 20 to 40 per cent will experience outbreaks. Some sufferers can develop cold sores an average of two to three times a year.

Why Me – Why Now?

  • Approximately one third of Canadians suffer from cold sores each year.
  • Once contracted, the virus never leaves the body.  After the first outbreak it remains dormant in the facial nerves, until something triggers it to manifest again.
  • Common triggers are extreme cold & wind, fatigue, stress, sun exposure, hormonal changes, mouth trauma, cold & flu and dry skin.
  • To prevent spreading the virus, don’t touch your cold sore, keep your hands clean and don’t share items that come in contact with your mouth such as food, utensils, or towels.

Mars versus Venus

  • Abreva recently commissioned a survey by Harris/Decima to learn more about Canadian cold sore sufferers.  Among Canadian cold sore sufferers, almost as many men suffer from the cold sore virus compared to women (11 per cent versus 16 per cent respectively).
  • One in ten women report they would miss work or social events due to a cold sore outbreak, five per cent of men admit they would too.
  • Even the strong silent types (men) are impacted by cold sores and admit to feeling self-conscious (43%) and embarrassed (28%).
  • What would some Canadians say they would be willing to give up for a month to be cold sore free?  You might be surprised:
    • Sweet-Talking:  Canadian guys (34%) and gals (35%) are on par with ditching the dessert.
    • Unplugged:  14 per cent of men would be willing to put their smartphone on the line and even more women would do the same (18%).
    • Bye Bye Shopaholic:  Men and women are almost tied when it comes to giving up shopping for a month to be cold sore free (19% versus 22%).


Snapshot of Canada:  Treatment Myths

  • Moisturizing Myths: Compared to Quebecers (9%), Western Canadians (21%) and Ontarians (25%) are more likely to believe ingredients like camphor, menthol and phenol will shorten cold sore healing time but they actually moisturize or soothe it. They are not meant to block entry of the virus spreading to surrounding healthy skin cells.


  • Tea Relief Belief: Almost one quarter of cold sore sufferers in the age group of 18 to 24 believe that placing tea bags on a cold sore will heal it (22% compared to 7% of those 35 and older).
  • Vinegar Hoopla: All Canadians are just as likely to believe distilled vinegar will prevent cold sores.

Top Five Tips for Fighting Cold Sores:

1)    Boost your immunity by getting plenty of rest, exercising and eating a balanced diet as worn-down immune systems may find it harder to keep the virus inactive.

2)    Watch for common triggers that may cause a cold sore outbreak

3)    Treat your cold sore early and continuously by keeping your cold sore treatment handy and applying at the first sign of an outbreak (usually a tingling feeling or a red bump) until it heals.  Look for products that contain the medicinal ingredient, docosanol, which will speed up healing when applied at the first sign of a cold sore.

4)    Use a cold sore treatment that contains real medicine. Abreva contains docosanol, an active medicinal ingredient that helps block the virus from entering skin cells, limiting it from spreading to surrounding healthy skin cells.  Abreva is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold sore.

5)    Moisturize your lips at all times which includes staying hydrated and using sun block on your lips in both the summer and winter.

Survey Methodology

The Abreva cold sore sufferer survey was conducted by Harris/Decima from November 24th through December 12th, 2011.  The survey was conducted via teleVox, the company’s telephone omnibus, with a representative sample of 390 Canadians who suffer from cold sores, ages 18+.  The margin of error for a sample of this size is +/- 5.0 %, 19 times out of 20.

Heart & Stroke Big Bike Event In New Westminster, BC

Heart & Stroke Big Bike Event In New Westminster, BC

On Tuesday, May 22nd, I volunteered as Miss Teen New Westminster-World 2012 at The Big Bike event put on by the Heart & Stroke Foundation. This fundraiser is taking place in various cities throughout Canada where teams of approximately 30 participants along with one driver bike through their community to support and fundraise for the Heart & Stroke Foundation and research.

The Big Bike event was truly not what I expected; it was full of surprises making the experience even more memorable and fun. The forecast had been predicting rain, but luckily, it had been holding off all day. However, just as I arrived, it began to pour. It was a complete washout and it continued raining throughout the duration of the event, letting up only a little at times.

As each team arrived, they registered, received an orientation and participated in a warm up activity. The teams of bikers some with noise makers and costumes and all with smiles, took off with a police escort leading the Big Bike. Upon returning, the participants were greeted with refreshments as well as a quick presentation about the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the effects of exceeding the recommended daily intake of sodium as well as an overall summary of their teams donations raised for the Heart & Stroke’s Big Bike event.

All the volunteers and organizers were incredible to work alongside. Everyone was extremely positive and energetic. Not only was the event a great success and a lot of fun, but in keeping with all the surprises this day had to offer, I got to ride the Big Bike—twice, as a few teams were short participants (because of the weather). So, along with the teams, dressed in plastic rain ponchos and all, I ventured out into the pouring rain to support a good cause.

Riding on the 30-person bike was truly inspiring. As the rain let up and we all took off our rain ponchos, it was incredible not only to observe, but be a part of the great unison, strength and togetherness each team had. Thank you to all the fantastic volunteers and staff members I had pleasure of working with. The remarkable outcome of the New Westminster Heart & Stroke Big Bike event would not have been possible without all of you.

A Life-Saving Gift

A Life-Saving Gift

When I was 3 days old I was diagnosed with meningitis, septicemia and a rare bleeding disorder. I was critically ill and my parents were told I would not survive the trip to the Calgary children’s hospital intensive care unit. I was in desperate need of blood transfusions and because of the goodness of many strangers who donated their blood, I survived.

Hello, my name is Jennifer Robitaille and I was recently crowned Miss Teen Central Alberta 2012! My platform is to raise awareness of the importance and need for blood donations. I am the perfect example of why it is so important for people to take the time to donate blood. It does matter. It does make a difference. It saved my life and many just like me.

From May 1st-July 1st I will be holding a blood drive all across Canada. The need for blood is always in high demand and I feel that we can all make a difference by taking time out of our busy lives to donate. I donated for my first time about a month ago and got a phone call the next day from Canadian Blood Services telling me that my donation saved a man’s life. It truly is an amazing feeling, knowing that I helped save someone. Even though I am afraid of needles and sometimes faint, I gathered up my courage and decided to make a difference in someone’s life. This is why I am now going to try to donate every 57 days and encourage others to as well.

If you would like to be part of the blood drive, all you need to do is make an appointment at your local blood bank and leave the following pieces of information with one of the workers when you arrive for your appointment:

Your First and Last name

Date of Birth

Postal Code

Phone Number

My name (Jennifer Robitaille-Miss Teen Central Alberta World’s blood drive) or contact me and let me know!

Thanks so much everyone! Remember…It’s in you to give!

Jennifer Robitaille
Phone: 4035059548

Obesity Epedemic in Canada – Children and Youth

Obesity Epedemic in Canada – Children and Youth

There is always pressure to look better, whether it’s coming from you or from others. People can generally overlook the health factor and concern themselves more with appearance. Being overweight can cause several health problems that are much more alarming then simply not liking your appearance. The obesity epidemic no longer affects only adults, it is now being said that children of the new generation won’t live past their parents. I find that extremely sad and won’t accept it.  I think people should be aware of what their kids are consuming and make an effort to prevent this prediction. Common and dangerous health problems include high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, diabetes, heart failure and an early demise.


When I was growing up, I ate huge portions of food, drank sugary drinks and was generally not a very active kid. I thankfully found cheerleading and realized how out of shape I was, I decided to stop drinking sugary drinks all together when I was about 12 years old. Then with more physical activity and me maturing I began eating healthier and feeling better. I don’t believe its right to tell a kid their number on the scale should drop, or they should focus on getting skinny. I think what’s important is focussing children and youth on being conscious about what their eating and the amount of it in comparison with their activity level. No one’s goal should be to be skinny, because that isn’t good either. I think it would be great if kids could start saying “wow that person is in great shape!” instead of “wow that person is so skinny”. Everyone’s body type is different so scale numbers shouldn’t matter, what really matters is how you feel and how healthy your body is on the inside.