March 7, 2014

Triple the Rate Since 1985

1 The Obesity Epidemic Has Spread to Canada

First our neighbor to the south, and now the one to the north: the obesity epidemic that was once specific to the US and then spread to Mexico has now surged into Canada, where the proportion of obese citizens has tripled since 1985, from six percent of the population then to 18 percent as of 2011. The Canadian Medical Association Journal predicts it will hit 21 percent within five years. Even more disturbing, the increase has been most pronounced among the most obese, with the number of Canadians with a body mass index of 40 or more having soared by a stunning 433 percent. In a pattern similar to that in the U.S., Canada’s obesity rates are higher in the east then in the western provinces. One hopeful note: younger Canadians, those under 40, are more likely to be of normal weight.

More at Medicalnewstoday.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: America Fatter Than Canada

Tags: Canadian Obesity, North American Obesity Rates, Canada's Obesity Epidemic

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Now over 27% and Rising

2 Newest National Obesity Rates Aren’t Good

The annual Gallup-Healthways Well-being Index for 2013 is now out, and the trend is not a healthy one. Based on their data, the national rate of those with a BMI of 30 or more continues to inch upward, from 26.2 in 2012 to 27.1 last year, while the number of states with obesity rates above 30 percent more than doubled, from 5 to 11. The obesity rates for individual states range from under 20 to over 35 percent. Those with the highest obesity rates are again concentrated in the south, with the top ten being Mississippi (35.4 percent), West Virginia (34.4), Delaware (34.3), Louisiana (32.7), Arkansas (32.3), South Carolina (34.1), Tennessee (31.3), Ohio (30.9), Kentucky (30.6) and Oklahoma (30.5). Montana (19.6 percent), Colorado (21.4), and Nevada (21.1) are the least obese states.

More at Care2.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: US Obesity Rates for 2013, Fattest and Thinnest US States, 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index

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