The Association for Public Health of Quebec (ASPQ) welcomes the adoption of the new provisions in the planning regulations and zoning of the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de -Thanks and its elected leadership. By limiting to three specific sectors the implementation of fast food, they prioritize the health of their citizens.
The mere presence of fast-food restaurants near schools has the effect of a subliminal message to young people, already attracted by the speed of service and the low cost of food. In doing so, the interests and profits of an already lucrative industry take precedence over those in the health and well-being in the long term youth. These environments, called obesogenic contribute to the epidemic of obesity and many chronic diseases. According to Lucie Granger, director general of the ASPQ, “even if it is not possible to eliminate these restaurants academic landscape, it is still possible to prohibit the establishment of new fast food shops nearby schools. Using their powers, elected boroughs provide innovative leadership which positively affects the conditions that create health and are essential for maintaining the health of our youth. By acting now, we help build vibrant communities in which to live. ”
A recent opinion of the National Public Health Institute of Quebec (INSPQ) entitled The food environment around public schools and junk food consumption at lunch by Quebec school students noted that it is imperative to limit the presence of new junk shops around Quebec schools. “It is now scientifically proven that the presence of fast-food restaurants near schools has a significant effect on the high rate of obesity in our youth.” Mrs. Granger recalls that consumption of junk food two or more times per week is associated with obesity and in Canada, the rate of obesity among children and adolescents has almost tripled in the last 30 years.
“Beyond the surprise, these statistics force us to take action, says Mrs. Granger. As in Baie-St-Paul elected, Rosemère, Ville Saint-Laurent, Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie Brossard and those of the borough of Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce deserve our respect and congratulations. The adoption of these zoning regulations takes, therefore, flavor and sustainable health value. ”