A new survey of nearly 1,000 Canadian seniors suggests Canadians are eating a lot more than they should.
A majority of respondents say they have a lot of time to eat — and they’re also taking more time to exercise.
But the data also suggests a big gap in how much they eat.
“The research is consistent with a number of things we’ve known,” said Dr. David Stirling, senior medical advisor to the Canadian Obesity Council.
“We have a big deficit in our diet, and we’re not eating as much as we should be eating.”
The study was conducted by the University of Calgary and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
“In the first part of the year, our cohort of seniors, those that were not in the military or the military-related, and were in their 70s, 80s and 90s, ate more food than those that had been in the survey the past year,” said Stirling.
“And that was the pattern.
They were eating more, and they were eating less.”
The researchers also found seniors were consuming less water than those in the same age group.
They found seniors are consuming less sodium, potassium and other minerals in their diets than those of their younger counterparts.
The findings are a stark reminder that our health and our diet are intimately connected, said Dr