Results of a new study conducted by the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF, has ranked Canada as the 17th place out of 29 so-called wealthy countries when it comes to the well-being of children. UNICEF rated the 29 countries in five different categories, out of which, Canada had the best ranking at the 11th place in the area of housing and environment.
The UN agency ranked Canada 14th in educational well-being, 15th in material well-being, 16th in behaviour and risks and a low 27th in health and safety. However, Canada was also ranked as the third-best country on smoking, as UNICEF stated that only four per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 reported smoking at least once a week. However, in the area of obesity, Canada was ranked the third least safe country, as it was reported that 20.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 are overweight based on the body mass index. Moreover, Canada ranked 21st in bullying, with 35 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report being bullied at school at least once in the past couple of months.
The Canada’s president and CEO of UNICEF, David Morley, alleged that the report has proven that there’s a lot of work to be done. He stated that “the fact that our children rank in the bottom half when compared to other industrialized nations simply isn’t good enough,” adding that “it is clear Canada can do better. Protecting and promoting the well-being of our children must become a national priority.”
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