A new study by Participaction reveals that Canuck kids may be among the least active children in the entire world. When compared to 37 other developed countries, Canada is near the bottom of the pack with a D-Minus.
I’m sure childhood fatness rates 40 years ago were not what they are today. Now, one in ten Canadian children are clinically-obese. So what changed?
Participaction researcher, Dr. Mark Tremblay, places some of the blame on too much screen time and not enough free, unstructured play.
I’m sure that’s part of it, but is there more to the decline of physical activity other than video games?
Watch as I name and shame the two other prevailing factors:
The nanny state, coupled with helicopter parenting.
We’ve gone from true north strong and free to “Flab Nation”, thanks in part to paranoid adults who entomb children in suffocating bubble-wrap while handing out “participant” awards to all so nobody’s self-esteem takes a hit.