A Statistics Canada study found a 24.8 per cent rate of adult obesity in Canada in 2011-2012. This means that one in four adult Canadians, or approximately 6.3 million people, were obese, up 17.5 per cent from 2003. Overall, obesity levels were higher for men, at 26.1 per cent, than for women, at 23.4 per cent. Over time, the agency says, obesity has increased more for men than women. Between 2003 and 2011—2012, the prevalence of obesity rose 17.9 per cent among men and 16.8 per cent among women. The numbers were released the same day that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development The study shows Canadians were not as heavy as Americans but the numbers were still disturbingly high, with 64 per cent of Canadian men, almost half of Canadian women and a quarter of children carrying more weight than is considered healthy. The main recommendation to stay healthy was to eat less and exercise more. To calculate your BMI visit: Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator | Canadian Diabetes Association
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