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Canadians Are In Better Shape
Researchers at the CDC say obesity is far less prevalent in Canada than in the United States. And they don’t really know why.
About 24 percent of Canadians are obese compared to more than 34 percent of Americans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. Researchers looked at height and weight data taken in surveys in both countries during 2007-09. The two countries have different racial demographics. The United States has more black and Hispanic people, and both have higher rates of obesity. But even looking solely at white people, there was still a big difference — a 26 percent obesity rate in Canada compared to 33 percent in the United States. It’s not clear why that is, said study-co-author Cynthia Ogden, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “We share this border and many other things. It’s a question we need to investigate more,” said Ogden, whose co-authors included a researcher at Statistics Canada.
Interestingly, the difference in childhood obesity rates in the two nations is “statistically insignificant.”
Well, by living in Vancouver I can tell that it’s very significant the amount of people that do some kind of work out. Sometimes I feel that I’m the only one that doesn’t do exercise. Of course, then I pass by a McDonald’s and feel better.
Gaga Godmother To Elton’s Son?
The Advocate reports:
In an interview with Canada’s Maclean’smagazine, Elton John’s husband David Furnish discusses gay rights up north and his feelings about family shields while (more or less) confirming that Lady Gaga is son Zachary’s godmother.
“I’m always very proud when people ask me about being a Canadian,” Furnishtold the magazine when asked if he felt support from his home country. “I know when [Stephen Harper] was elected he talked about repealing gay marriage—legislation that was already passed in Canada. When it went to the House of Commons, more people voted to keep it than put it in in the first place. That is a sign of society taking a step, walking into unknown territory and realizing that this isn’t going to be the destruction of the moral fabric of our society. This isn’t going to hurt or kill anybody.
Furnish says he feels Canada is “more progressive and more accepting” than America “on all sorts of levels relating to same-sex couples and families,” especially after an Arkansas grocery store recently placed a “family shield” over the Us Weekly cover that featured Furnish, John, and Zachary. “I was disappointed but not outraged,” he says. “They put the shield up and two days later, they took it down. That is progress in its own right.”
When asked whether or not reports were true that Lady Gaga had been named Zachary’s godmother, Furnish replied, “We haven’t publicly confirmed that yet but your sources are very good! I prefer not to comment on it because we are going to make a statement about godparents later on.”
Furnish feels that Gaga is an excellent role model because “she’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance. She believes that you can be whoever you want to be and that we don’t have to live in a world of conformity and that we can all [benefit] from individuality. That’s the best message in the world.”
Read the full interview here.
That child is gonna grew up in the gayest environment ever.
Canadian Televangelist: They Canceled My Show Because I’m Anti-Gay
Canadian televangelist Pastor Charles McVety is crying censorship after a Christian network canceled his show for “disparaging remarks” he made about gay people. A government broadcasting agency had warned the network that McVety was violating their code of ethical standards.
The tension between the reverend and the Christian broadcaster began in December, when the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an industry watchdog, said CTS violated national broadcasting codes when McVety made “disparaging” on-air remarks about homosexuals. A station spokeswoman, meanwhile, denied the cancellation of Word TV was a consequence of bowing to political pressure. Rather, it was based on the show’s “lack of compliance with the CTS code of ethics,” Carolyn Innis said. In December’s ruling, the council said McVety’s description of Toronto’s gay pride parade as a “sex parade,” as well as his characterization of gay events as “malevolent, insidious and conspiratorial,” were in breach of the standards. McVety said he was also scorned for saying the new Ontario sexual education curriculum could turn some school kids into homosexuals.
The Christian network says it repeatedly asked McVety to comply with requests to tone down his rhetoric, but he refused. It will be interesting to see how this plays with the American anti-gay right, who are always pointing to Canada as harbingers of the chilling of free speech here.
Glad I moved here to Canada.
Oh my… Made in Canada of course.
Ok, I’m obsessed with him. I’ve even run into him once in Vancouver. He’s even cuter in person. And yes, I totally did “queen out” on him. So what?!