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Over 14 million Canadians are either overweight or obese.

The percentage of obesity in Canadians has risen drastically over the past few decades and is currently at an all time high. Recent studies show that approximately half of Canadians are either overweight or obese due to a variety of factors.

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What causes obesity?

Obesity typically results from an individual’s caloric intake being higher than their caloric expenditure in a day. It seems like a simple concept, but there are a lot of other factors that make obesity a complex problem, and they may help to explain why the rates in Canada have hit an all time high.

Are there health risks?

There are numerous health risks related to obesity, making it a severe public health crisis in Canada. Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and mortality are some of the health risks directly associated with obesity.

How does it affect Canadians?

Obesity not only decreases the quality of Canadians’ lives due to the severe health risks, but costs our health care system billions of dollars each year; $1.6 billion to be exact.

What can be done?

There are many steps that can be taken to decrease obesity. It is important to recognize and understand the causes of obesity, so it can be prevented using an integrated approach. This site will be used to determine the socioeconomic, technologic, and geographic causes related to the obesity in Canadians.