Healthy and Inclusive Communities Minister Dorothy Shephard says the Alward Government is doing more to bring about wellness than the previous Liberal Government ever did.
She's responding to criticism from Liberal M-L-A Donald Arsenault about the obesity rate in New Brunswick being 10 per cent higher than the national average.
Shephard tells CHSJ News it's going to take some time to make inroads with lowering the rate of obesity when you have a culture where sugar and video games are okay.
There's a new documentary being released narrated by Katie Couric that blames food manufacturers for a dependency on sugar that's considered largely responsible for obesity.
Australian researchers are now saying for women age 30 and older, being a couch potato could be more hazardous to their heart health than smoking or carrying extra weight.