Which food companies are working to prevent child obesity in the U.S. and Canada?
Originally reported by our sister brand Business Review Canada, child obesity is a major issue in Canada and the United States, with experts believing that there needs to be a greater emphasis on preventing this epidemic.
When a child becomes obese, he or she has a much higher chance of becoming an obese adult. This problem can further lead to a range of other health consequences, including stress, elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
“Both Canada and the United States have seen increases in childhood obesity from 1980 to the beginning of the 21st century, and then no recent changes in prevalence,” Cynthia Ogden of the National Center for Health Statistics and her co-authors said.
And though it’s been noted that child obesity may be starting to level off, there is still a health concern that shouldn’t be ignored.
“Even if we’re flat-lining, it’s at the highest level ever,” said Mark Tremblay, director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research program at the Children’s Hospital in Eastern Ontario in Ottawa.
“The cost is enormous in terms of physical, emotional, mental, social impact, which suggests to me more needs to be done,” he added.
There are some companies doing its part to promote healthier eating, hoping to decrease the nation’s obesity percentage.
General Mills and Nestle´ are two examples of businesses that continue to offer healthier products and tips to both the United States and Canada.
General Mills is well aware of the fact that people worldwide want delicious, nutritious foods—and they giving the people exactly what they want.
Outlined on the company’s website, General Mills has a primary focus on health improvements for both existing brands and new products that are developed.
General Mills ranks among the world’s most innovative companies, with key product categories including vegetables and yogurt. The company understands the importance of improving its health profile—not just because it’s a smart business tactic, but because it’s also the right thing to do.
Nestle´ continues to create nutritional value and health benefits amongst its range of products. Specifically, the company stands for generating healthier products that also happen to taste good.
Easily found on the company’s website are nutrition facts and tips to assistance in getting children to eat better. For example, choosing healthier snacks such as fruit, air-popped popcorn and unsweetened yogurt is highly recommended, as is drinking lots of water and eating breakfast.
Nestle´ offers science-based solutions that are currently helping to address global nutrition challenges that include vitamin deficiency and obesity.
Furthermore, through partnerships and programs like Nestle´ healthy kids, the company is attempting to generate greater awareness and understanding.
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G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration.
Who are the G7?
The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like.
The merry band comprises:
- The United Kingdom
- The United States
Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.
Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda.
When was the ‘G’ formed?
Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s.
Why does the G7 exist?
At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted.
The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability.
It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations.
Where is the 2021 G7 summit?
This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall.
What will be discussed this year?
After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”
The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values.
According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.”