Graphic: Obesity rates on the rise in Canada

We’re fast catching up to our American neighbours, says a new report from the CMA


A new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal states that obesity in Canada has tripled in the last three decades, increasing from 6.1 per cent to 18.3 per cent nationally. A look at 2011 obesity rates by province revealed Newfoundland and Labrador to have the highest percentage of obese residents and British Columbia the lowest.

How do these rates compare to our American neighbours? We live above one of the nations most significantly affected by the obesity epidemic and and while there is still a clear divide between Canadian and American obesity rates, it looks like Canada is catching up.


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Graphic: Obesity rates on the rise in Canada

  1. Always got time for Tim Hortons!

    • Stewart, do you know when the public funeral for MacLean’s online community is? Cuz this place has died; no new posts from Wherry or Wells in a week. I hate to be one of those who cannot manage change, but this redesign is death for ease of navigation.

      • This is the Fisher-Price version of Macleans….big print, big photos, lots of colour, lots of white space…. fluffy stories. And of course nothing connects.

        You’d never know there was a world going on outside. It’s all happy-happy in here.

        Macleans has gone back to the print medium. They’re just doing it on a screen instead of a piece of paper.

        • But why, Emily — WHY? This is my favourite (and pretty much only) place to talk online, and over the years I’ve been around here, it’s grown quite nicely. Now it’s like some weird sci-fi where all the people have disappeared and the good writers and stories have dried up and disappeared too. MacLean’s has turned itself into a ghost town. And I really do wonder why — there have been other changes here and there over the years, but this is a rapid death.

          • Maybe the new era in news scared them, and they had to retreat!

            Notice what this site DOESN’T have. There are no hard-hitting topics, just random short unimportant ones. [Coffee makers, obesity?]

            There is no possible interaction with the magazine at all….one complaint section that’s been ignored for a week. No interaction with the writers, so I guess they can go on thinking they’re brilliant each and everytime.

            No one can ask for a story on this or that….it’s whatever is doled out. Topics from a hat?

            No interaction with other commenters …and we were getting new ones all the time, along with a lot of lurkers. Sure some complained. Most didn’t….and they learned what their fellow-citizens thought and wanted. A national conversation.

            In other words it’s now just like the print edition, and could still easily be left in the dentist’s office. Certainly nothing cutting-edge or involving.

            And now it’s not a news magazine….but not a trend one either. Just a collection of short stories. Dull ones at that. It’s like an old women’s magazine….an article on food, one on fashion, always one on health [there’s death in your medicine cabinet] one on kid-raising……btw our navy’s dead, and a passenger plane’s gone missing for 5 days….one on housing, one on…..

            Canadians aren’t finding out what’s happening in the world…..and are totally unprepared for the changes occurring here and elsewhere.

            Everything is a surprise to us.

            Meanwhile the staff is happy to be able to recycle their old separatist columns.

          • I would hazard a guess that like the Telegraph in the UK, they have been advised to redesign for the youth market. Short attention spans, lots of colour, nothing stressful and happy, happy, happy.

      • The community has died because Disqus is not one of the platforms being allowed. I had to create a new account to sign in.

        • Cripes, young people are the most educated generation we’ve ever had! Surely to gawd we’re not trying to appeal to them with Boomer Sesame St stuff!!

      • I’ve been weaving in and out of here since the days of Jack Mitchell and the much missed Guanilon.
        From Biff to DennisF to Francien – a great rollicking ride that looks to be coming to an end.
        I guess change is inevitable, and that not all change is good, but hey, it’s their magazine and they can do what they like.
        The G&M is now pay per view. The NP bloody stoopid. The CBC is too partisan….. and now this… maybe it will get better……
        Do you think Harper is behind it? ;)

        • Yes, it’s harper, LOL: I’ve been around that long too — I have always preferred it here to G&M and (forget NP) because I found our conversations, generally speaking, interesting, provocative, and I like hearing what others say (although I tend to like those who think like me, but I like quite a few who don’t too). And the writers — I miss Potter being here, and for some reason, I always preferred kady when she was here to cbc — I don’t imagine Wells, Wherry, Geddes would hang around if it’s going to be more afternoon-TV-magazine-style: they’re serious news writers/analyzers.

  2. That’s nice that Amanda Shendruk is a data visualization specialist. However, that does nothing to explain why all the pretty squares. There is no interpretation of the data which as far as I’m concerned is next to useless. Could it be that the preponderance of a certain ethnic group in the southern states is causing the black squares in the deep South and that perhaps the lack of employment and nothing better to do each day than eat junk food is the cause of the black square in West Virgirnia? What relationship does that have to Canada? There is no such thing as an obesity epidemic. There is a reason for it and each reason is different.

    • Agreed. No obesity, dyslexia, ADHD, or autism etc epidemics. There is no ‘magic’ diet. Men and women can both do math, and like pink……and the beat goes on.

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