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Sleep, food, marriage all affecting Canadians' health, report shows

A Macleans special report released Thursday highlights the reality of Canada’s health situation, focusing on how food, sleep and marriage affects people’s wellbeing.

The report points out over 13-million of Canadians are are overweight or obese. For for those trying to shed pounds, giving up on a full night’s sleep for a 5 a.m. workout might do more harm than good, because because lack of sleep actually increases appetite and drives us to make unhealthy choices.

One in five Canadians skip breakfast or lunch, and the more we skip, the worse we feel.

The report also found women are worse off than men, sleeping less. Men are typically healthier than women, especially if they’re married.

“Married men, in some ways, are caused by their spouse or wife to adopt a much healthier lifestyle than when they were single, Dr. Elaine Chin is the co-founder of Scienta Health Centre, a Toronto private medical clinic that caters to business executives.

Dr. Chin said to be truly healthy, you need between seven and eight hours of sleep a night and four workouts per week. You also need to have a good social life and monitor your symptoms on a consistent basis, including your emotional health.

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