Abstract

Obesity is a growing issue for all children. Many experts say that preventing obesity is largely a matter of eating the right foods and getting enough physical activity. This advice doesn’t recognize the fact that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children face unique barriers to growing up healthy and strong simply because of their identity. This paper discusses how the social determinants of health impact the ability of Aboriginal children to grow up free of obesity. The paper highlights results from a community-based research project conducted amongst Aboriginal parents and service providers in Ontario who wish to prevent obesity amongst their own young children and clients. Research was carried out over two years to help develop a “toolkit” and training program to help service provides increase efforts to prevent obesity amongst First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children from the ages of 2 to 6 in Ontario.

Acknowledgments

The author acknowledges the First Nations, Inuit, and Metis key informants and advisors who helped to make the "Let's Be Healthy Together" toolkit and training program a reality. She says chi miigwetch to her strong ancestors who survived residential school and the foster care system. She also acknowledgers her son Bright Star, her biggest teacher in helping her understand how to promote ways of raising healthy Indigenous children.

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