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Canadian obesity rates tripled since 1985

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Mar. 4, 2014

Canadian obesity rates tripled since '85, study finds (Fotolia)


 

Canada's obesity rates have tripled in the last three decades, new research has found.

Obesity rates jumped from 6% to 18% nationwide between 1985 and 2011, according to a study at Memorial University in St. John's, N.L.

What's more, the study estimates that 21% of Canadians will be obese by 2019.

"These results raise concern at a policy level, because people in these obesity classes are at a much higher risk of developing complex care needs," pharmacy and medicine professor Laurie Twells said in a release about the study.

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The study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found the problem is worse on the east coast.

Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest rate of class-1 obesity, defined as a body mass index of between 30.0 and 34.9.

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia both had the highest rates of class-2 obesity (35-39.9), and New Brunswick had the highest rates of class-3 (40 or more).

 

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