Obesity is a worldwide epidemic and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), figures have doubled since the 1980s. According to 2008 statistics, more than 1.4 billion adults across the globe are overweight. These troubling statistics show that obesity has become a much bigger health threat than cigarette smoking.

Canada is one of the countries hit hard by the obesity epidemic, the Doctors Health Press reports. Obesity rates in Canada have almost tripled in the past 25 years. The epidemic is affecting children, as well, with 1.5 million Canadian children being overweight. According to a Canadian Health Measures survey, fitness levels have deteriorated among all age groups in the country.

To overcome the problems, Canadians have adopted several healthy diet practices that allow for the preparation of nutritious and balanced meals. Everyone can learn from the Canadian experience and adopt better food preparation methods.

The first way in which Canadians fight obesity involves the barbecue. Meat that has been spiced properly and cooked on the grill is delicious, even without the calorie-filled sauces. Additionally, Canadian families are opting for a bigger number of small meals instead of for few large dishes.

When it comes to snacks, Canadians are making some great changes to their traditional diets, as well. Vegetables, fruits and raw nuts are great snack options. Some manufacturers have even started producing all-vegetable or fruit packaged snacks. To make sure that the snacks are healthy, buyers need to go through the labels to make sure these snacks contain small amounts of sugar.

Raw nuts are exceptionally beneficial but they have to be consumed in moderation. They contain numerous nutrients, healthy lipids and vitamins that the human body needs for proper functioning.

Finally, Canadian families have substituted traditional desserts for healthier options. Yes, there is such thing as a healthy cookie. Wholegrain baked goods are a much better alternative than the sweets made with traditional white flour. The label should also be scanned for information about trans fats and sodium.

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