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Why revamping Canada’s Food Guide is so crucial

Many Canadians aren’t eating well, yet they think they are. Canadians are beleaguered by chronic disease due to bad diets.

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor is expected to announce a revised Canada’s Food Guide before the end of the year. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It is difficult for most Canadians to eat healthy. The places where we live, work, and play surround us with the types of food that make for unbalanced, highly processed diets. Further aggravating Canadians’ efforts to eat well, the governmental approach to address this challenge has been to focus largely on educating people to eat better, while blaming them for making poor choices. This approach, based on individual choice, has universally failed.

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