This report released in April 2021 by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) warns of the long-term health risks to Ontarians and the resulting impacts on an already stretched hospital system if steps are not taken to reverse current eating trends in the province. Eating in Ontario: What Do We Know? paints a concerning portrait of Ontarians in all age categories falling short of their nutrient requirements, increasing their risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The report makes a number of specific recommendations to better nutrition in response to the findings and to protect and promote public health and well-being.
This new report by the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) and Nutrition Connections reveals the troubling depths of food insecurity among female lone-parent households, Indigenous populations, and low-income Ontarians. Eating in Ontario: What do we know, identifies the degree to which too many Ontarians are not being sufficiently nourished, and face challenges feeding their families. This is due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic contributing to mental health concerns and increasing risk of serious long-term health complications including chronic diseases such as diabetes. These findings highlight the need for decision-makers to assume targeted, upstream approaches to health, that address health equity and the social determinants of health.