BC Medical Association

BC Medical Association

January 19, 2011 15:30 ET

Should Preventative Health Care Services for Children Be Funded by Government?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) - What is your view: Do you support funding for preventative health care services for kids in BC? The BC Medical Association (BCMA) is hosting a Facebook discussion on this very important topic.

Check out what other parents, aunts and uncles, and teens are saying on the Facebook wall and let everyone know what you think. And please be sure to 'Like' our page and you'll get helpful tips and information about bringing up healthier kids, as well as info on future health care policy issues.

Over the last 25 years, the rate of childhood obesity has tripled. Today, 25% of children between the ages of 2 and 17 are considered overweight or obese, but that percentage increases to 29% of all teens aged 12 to 17. This means that more than one-quarter of Canadian children are much heavier than they should be in order to maintain good health. Here's a report on the state of childhood obesity in BC that attests to these numbers.

We know that our kids – as well as ourselves – should be eating more healthy food and exercising every single day. We know that being overweight or obese contributes to many health problems down the line such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. So why is the population – but most notably our kids – getting heavier? This flies in the face of common sense.

It could be because our society makes it too easy for our kids to choose an unhealthy lifestyle. Everywhere they turn temptation stares them down—fast food, soda pop, pre-packaged snacks, television, video games, etc. As well children, especially teens, are confronted with peer pressure – smoking, hours spent at the computer social networking or playing games, and simply following the crowd no matter the unhealthy direction.

Kids need help from their parents to guide them in making healthy decisions, and for those already overweight or obese intervention may be required. This is why the BC Medical Association is hosting a Facebook discussion regarding childhood obesity and whether preventative health care services for overweight British Columbians should be paid for by our medical services plan. Ideally, patients would develop with their doctor a health care strategy designed specifically for them that would see them lose weight in order to avert the bigger health care issues later in life. When there is a workable plan in place, easy rules to follow, and a set of achievable goals to reach, success is more likely.

So, be sure to check out our Facebook page. Beginning January 19 and then each day for the next month you will find interesting quizzes, useful information, statistics, valuable health tips, and other places to search for information.

Contact Information

  • BC Medical Association
    Sharon Shore, APR
    Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations
    604-638-2832 or Pgr: 604-306-1866