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revised July 26, 2007

State of the Region's Health 2005

Arrow BulletChapter 2 - Overweight and Obesity in Canada

  • In 2003, 14.5% of adult Canadians had a calculated body mass indexindicating they were obese, while 32.4% were considered overweight.

  • The prevalence of obesity continues to rise in Canada. Research suggests that its prevalence may have almost tripled since 1985.

  • Overweight is more prevalent in males than females, while obesity is similar betweenboth sexes.

  • In Canada, both obesity and overweight increased across age groups almost doubling from 20% of 18 to 24-year-olds to 38% of 45 to 64-year-olds in 2003.

  • In 2001, the economic cost of obesity, excluding overweight, in Canada was an estimated $4.3 billion.

Chapter 2 - Overweight and Obesity in Canada (PDF 5 pages, 195KB)


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