Where you live may determine body weight

August 23, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

Where you live may determine body weight

According to a recent survey by Statistics Canada, Canadians who live in rural areas are more likely to be obese than those who live in urban areas.

In 2004, 20 per cent of adults who lived in large Canadian cities were obese, compared to 29 per cent in smaller centres. The national average for obesity was 23 percent. Researchers found that the size of the city was also a determining factor in body weight. As the size of the city grew, the likelihood of being obese fell.

For instance, in St. John's the number of obese people was 36 per cent, compared to 16 per cent in Toronto and 12 per cent in Vancouver. The urban-rural split did not apply to Canadian children, researchers found.

Nationally, the proportions of two- to 17-year-olds that were overweight or obese was comparable regardless of the size of the community.

These latest results are based on actual measurements of heights and weights.

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