MEND Program
Shapedown BC

As a result of obesity it is possible that for the first time in history our children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents


What are the complications of childhood obesity?

Obesity in childhood may result in serious medical problems in childhood such as

  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure and elevated blood cholesterol
  • metabolic syndrome: a number of conditions that are all associated with high blood insulin levels including type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure
  • liver disease
  • bone and joint problems
  • respiratory problems such as asthma
  • sleep disorders such as difficulty breathing while asleep (sleep apnea)
  • earlier than normal puberty or menstruation
  • eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia
  • skin infections due to moisture from sweat being trapped in skin folds
  • fatigue

Overweight or obesity in childhood can also result in serious psychological difficulties.

Overweight or obese children:

  • are more likely to be teased and bullied
  • are more likely to bully others
  • may have poor self-esteem and may feel socially isolated
  • may be at increased risk for depression
  • may have poorer social skills
  • may have high stress and anxiety
  • may have behaviour and/or learning problems as a result of psychological difficulties related to childhood obesity

Unfortunately most obese children and youth do not outgrow their weight problem. In fact, most people continue to gain weight as they age.

Obesity in adulthood leads to

  • high blood pressure
  • strokes
  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • liver disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • dementia

An adult who is obese at age 40 years can expect to die 7 years earlier than someone who was of normal weight at the same age. The loss of years is the same as if that person had been a smoker. It is essential that families do all they can to prevent obesity in children and to have it treated it should it occur.

February 2015

January 2015

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December 2014

Shapedown BC is now being offered in Cantonese and Mandarin!  Contact Amy Chow at 604-233-3150 x 5584

May 2014

We are pleased to share this report on our progress with the CHWII.  Click here for Our Journey, March 2014

MEND is accepting new families! Learn more here

ShapedownBC is accepting referrals! Learn more here

January 2013

Teachers interested in learning more about Screen Smart and receiving free copies of Screen Smart resources should sign up for the Action Schools! BC 5-2-1-0 Workshop.  This workshop is cross-curricular collaboration featuring Action Schools! BC Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Sip Smart! BC, and Screen Smart resources that support school health promotion messaging of: 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit; 2 hours of screen time or less; 1 hour or more of physical activity; and 0 sugary drinks per day.  The Screen Smart program is available free of charge on the Screen Smart website here.