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Fifteen percent of adults in Canada obese
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The prevalence of adult obesity in Canada, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, between 1970 and 1992 increased in men from 8 percent to 13 percent, and in women from 13 percent to 15 percent according to a new paper from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. Overweight increased from 47% to 58% in men, 34% to 41% in women
The prevelance of overweight, defined as a BMI of 25 or more, during the same time period, increased in men from 47 percent to 58 percent, and in women from 34 percent to 41 percent.
20- to 69-year-olds
This data was for adults 20- to 69-years-old.
As of 2003, 15% obese, 48% overweight
The latest estimates as of 2003 are that 15 percent of Canadians over the age of 18 are obese, and another 33 percent are overweight.
Probably closer to 17% obese
However, these estimates were based on self-reported height and weight, and people tend to underreport their weight and overreport their height.
Therefore, the true prevelance of obesity is thought to be about 10 percent higher than this, or perhaps 17 percent rather than 15 percent.
Belanger-Ducharme F, Tremblay A. Prevalence of obesity in canada. Obes Rev. 2005 Aug, 6(3):183-86.
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Division of Kinesiology
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