A recent review of seven national studies on obesity in Canada, conducted between 1985 and 2003, has revealed that rates of obesity have steadily been on the rise and continue to increase. Researchers found an increase in all levels of obesity.
The prevalence of general obesity, measured by a BMI of over 30, more than doubled from 6.1 percent to 15.7 percent between 1990 and 2003. Class I obesity, measured by a BMI of 30-35 also increased from 5.1 percent to 11.5 percent. Class II Obesity, a BMI of 35-40 increased from 0.8 percent to 3 percent. The number of Canadians classified as "overweight" has also increased from 27.8 percent to almost 34 percent. These findings were published in a recent issue of Canadain Medical Association Journal.
Researchers conclude that the prevalence of obesity in this country is a great cause for concern, given the complications and diseases associated with obesity.
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