Older Canadians opt for healthy eating pattern

March 1, 2006 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News

Older Canadians opt for healthy eating pattern

According to a report released by NPD, a market research firm, Canada's aging population have started a trend towards a more balanced and healthy eating pattern.

The report, entitled Eating Patterns in Canada (EPIC), suggests that consumers are increasingly influenced by food labels. According to the NPD group, 61 percent of people over the age of 45 said they check food labels, with 65 percent of those people avoiding saturated fats, 63 percent avoiding MSG, 62 percent being turned away by cholesterol and 58 percent by salt.

The report also says that Canadians over 45 are most likely to follow Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating, with 42 percent claming it as a nutrition guide in 2005, compared to only 33 percent of the rest of the population.

Even with the trend toward healthy eating patterns among older Canadians, the obesity rates are still on the rise. According to a recent study published in the journal Canadian Medical Association Journal, the number of Canadians suffering from the most extreme form of the disease (class III Obesity, classified as a BMI greater than 40) increased by 225 percent between 1990 and 2003.

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