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  • Janis Schole

Interesting Obesity Statistics

On Wednesday, at the "Walk and Talk with Jeff" program I attend, I learned some interesting facts.Jeff gave us a handout of the Statistics Canada data found in the infographic below.I learned that:■ 61 percent of us are either overweight or obese. ■ The older we are, the more likely it is that we'll be obese, but even the 18-39 year-olds are 20% obese. ■there is an inverse relationship between obesity and fruit/vegetable consumption ■immigrants are significantly less obese than non-immigrants ■the less education we have, the more likely we are to be obese ■British Columbia has the lowest obesity rate (22%) and New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador are tied for the highest (38%). Alberta is slightly above the Canadian average (27%) with a 29% obese population. ■With further research, I learned that... According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, as of 2017, 30% of children aged 5-17 are overweight or obese. ■In 2016, 1 in 7 children in Canada were reported to be obese, making almost a third of youth overweight. ■Since 1979, the rates of childhood obesity have tripled.

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