Some Statistics

enfants_page_missionA brief overview of the current situation:

  • Only 7% of Canadian youth are active enough1 .
  • 1/3 of kids drop the practice of a sport during their transition to adolescence2 .
  • Children from low-income families are three times more likely to have never practiced physical activities and organized sports3 .
  • Low-income is a factor in child obesity: a higher proportion of children living in a low-income family are overweight or obese4 .
  • Physical activity contributes to academic success through its benefits on self-esteem, self-control, social skills, a sense of belonging at school, better classroom behavior, better cognitive skills and a state of relaxation and attention favourable to learn5 .
  • A girl who does not practice sport at the age of 10 years old has only a 10% chance to be active at the age of 25 years6 .
  • According to youth between 10 and 17 years old, lack of time is the main factor why they don’t practice physical activity. But 32.9% of them spend an average of 5 hours or more per day playing of video games, playing or surfing on the internet, watching TV or movies7 .
  • A healthy diet reduces the potential risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and type2 diabetes8 .
  • A good nutrition, balanced and varied, is associated with better academic performance9 .
  • The third of children aged from 6 to 8 years old consume soft drinks, candy or chips at least once every day10 .
  • Nearly one third of high school students (36% of boys and 27% of girls) eat fast food three or more times during a school week (Monday to Friday)11 .
  • While 8 in 10 adults watched their parents cook every day, only about 4 in 10 parents have carried the torch and cook every night now. Therefore, children have fewer opportunities to learn to cook healthy food12 .


  1. Jeunes en forme Canada (2011). Ne laissons pas ces quelques pas être la source la plus importante d’activité physique de nos enfants après l’école. Bulletin de l’activité physique chez les jeunes. Consult on January 28, 2013
  2. Lemieux, M. & Thibault, G. (2011). L’activité physique, le sport et les jeunes – Savoir et agir. Observatoire québécois du loisir, 9 (7). Consult on November 23, 2012
  3. Ifedi, F. (2008). La participation sportive au Canada – 2005. Ottawa : Division de la Culture, tourisme et centre de la statistique de l’éducation, Statistique Canada. Consult on January 28, 2013
  4. Université Laval (2014). Chaire de recherche sur l’obésité. Consult on April 7, 2014
  5. Québec en forme (2014). Pour que les jeunes soient physiquement actifs tous les jours. Repéré le 7 avril 2014
  6. Égale Action (2004). Publications – Statistiques. Consult on September 13, 2012
  7. Québec en forme (2014). Pour que les jeunes soient physiquement actifs tous les jours. Consult on April 7, 2014
  8. Santé Canada (2012). La saine alimentation après l’école. Consult on March 15, 2013
  9. Desjardins L. Direction de santé publique et d’évaluation de l’Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Lanaudière (2011). La contribution des saines habitudes de vie à la réussite et à la persévérance scolaires. Consult on March 22, 2013
  10. Institut de la statistique du Québec (2005). Faits saillants de l’Enquête sociale et de santé auprès des enfants et des adolescents québécois 1999 (ESSEA), volet nutrition. Quoi de neuf à Santé Québec?, 18 (1). Consult on March 21, 2013
  11. Institut de la statistique du Québec (2012). L’Enquête québécoise sur la santé des jeunes du secondaire 2010-2011. TOME 1 Le visage des jeunes d’aujourd’hui : leur santé physique et leurs habitudes de vie. Consult on January 10, 2013
  12. Coalition québécoise sur la problématique du poids (2013). Un trio de recommandations pour permettre aux jeunes de développer leurs compétences alimentaires et culinaires à l’école. Consult on April 7, 2014