Canada’s fittest, and fattest regions

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Amid the excitement over Canada’s first four medals going to Quebec based athletes, we wondered just how regional an issue fitness is in Canada.

Here, then, are the 10 fittest regions, by percentage of the population overweight or obese:

1. Vancouver Health Authority 35.0%
2. Toronto Central Health Integration Network 39.3
3. Fraser Health Authority, B.C. (incl. Burnaby and Surrey) 43.9
4. City of Toronto Health Unit 44.5
5. York Regional Health Unit, Ont. (includes Newmarket) 45.2
6. Central Health Integration Network, Ont. (incl. Newmarket and Richmond Hill) 45.6
7. Région de la Capitale-Nationale (incl. Gatineau) 46.7
8. Calgary Health Region 48.2
9. Calgary Zone 48.2
10. Région de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec, Que. (incl. Drummondville) 48.2

And, the least fit regions, again, by by percentage of the population overweight or obese:

1. Burntwood/Churchill, Man. 73.4%
2. Colchester East Hants/Cumberland, N.S. 71.3
3. South Shore/South West Nova, N.S. (incl. Yarmouth) 70.2
4. Prince Albert Parkland Regional Health Authority, Sask. 69.9
5. Nor-Man Regional Health Authority, Man. (incl. Flin Flon) 68.6
6. Prairie North Regional Health Authority, Sask. (incl. North Battleford) 68.5
7. Interlake Regional Health Authority, Man. (incl. Gimli) 68.4
8. Kelsey Trail Regional Health Authority, Sask. (incl. Melfort) 68.3
9. Central Regional Integrated Health Authority, Nfld. (incl. Grand Falls-Windsor) 68.1
10. Sunrise Regional Health Authority, Sask. (incl. Yorkton) 68.1

Note: Because of how the data is collected, there can be overlap between the regions; names are those given
Source: Statistics Canada (2010)

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Canada’s fittest, and fattest regions

  1. Health Authorities and Networks? Not regions, but I guess we get the idea…

  2. So Saskatchewan is our Wisconsin?

  3. So let me get this straight: the downtown Toronto/Vancouver/Calgary regions, which contain a disproportionately large amount of young adults (think age 25-40) who are, generally speaking, quite healthy, were found to be in better shape than those in the prairie provinces of SK and MB, where a disproportionately large amount of the elderly (think 60+) reside?! Not to mention distance and access to quality healthcare! Groundbreaking…

    • Excuse me!! I am 61, male, 6 feet tall, 32 inch waist, and 170 pounds. I walk 10 kilometers a day, bike ride, swim, and eat a very sensible diet. Most of my firends follow similar life styles. Please do not associate “old” people as obese people. Oh ya, I live in Vancouver

      • I live on Vancouver Island and I’m in better shape than most other 65 year olds, but we do have a climate advantage over most of the rest of the country where fitness is tougher for seniors during winter months.
        We came back to the Island when we retired after three decades in the Maritimes and Ontario where treacherous winter footing keeps orthopaedic surgeons busy. We had noticed the fit looking seniors when we came back to visit a decade ago for a visit.
        I don’t think the elderly have any lock on the obesity scale. More young to middle aged fatties ‘cuz they tend to croak early.
        Best wishes from paradise ;o)

  4. This is a grossly distorted survey, in fact, bloated. The prairie hinterland is probably populated by aboriginals, and they have a special deficit in terms of food hygiene. I agree with rural NS as both White and Fat. However, my guess is that the fattest collection of Whiteys is that herd of blubber that waddles around the Niagara Peninsula.

    • What does food hygiene have to do with caloric intake and excersize??

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