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Obesity Less of a Problem in Canada Than US

by Rathi Manohar on March 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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 Obesity Less of a Problem in Canada Than US

Adult obesity is considerably lower in Canada than it is in the U.S. states a new study.

Statistics Canada, which carried out the study reports that while 34.4 percent of adults faced obesity, it was only 24.1 who had the problem in Canada.

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Among men, 32.6 per cent Americans were obese, whereas, among Canadians it was only 24.3 per cent. The difference could be seen even more among women. 36.2 per cent of American women faced the issue compared to only 23.9 per cent of Canadians.

 Increase in the incidence of obesity over the past twenty years has taken place in both the US and Canada. Among men in the US it has increased by 12 percentage points compared to 10 among Canadians. Similarly, among women, the prevalence of the problem has increased by 10 percentage points among Americans and by 8 among Canadians.

 The age groups affected were similar in both countries. Men in the age group 60 to 74 faced an increasing problem in the US and Canada, while among women, the age group most affected with increasing obesity rates in both countries was of the 20 to 39 bracket.



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