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Canadian obesity epidemic 'a myth,' paper claims

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Apr. 28, 2014

The idea there is an obesity epidemic in Canada is "a myth," a new report says. (Fotolia)


 

The idea there is an obesity epidemic in Canada is "a myth," a new report says.

Nadeem Esmail of the Fraser Institute says between 2003 and 2012, the percentage of Canadians who were overweight was stable. The rate of obesity did climb from 15.3% to 18.4% during the same time frame, but it stabilized in 2009.

"Claims of an obesity epidemic aren't supported by the available data," Esmail said in a press release.

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"Despite claims from public health advocates, politicians and media members, it's a myth to say there's an obesity epidemic in Canada leading to widespread illness and death, and that only government intervention can save us from ourselves," he said.

Esmail said government programs to tackle obesity tend to ignore the many complex reasons people gain weight, including factors such as culture, family life and structure, genetics and income.

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