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The Top 5 Canadian Provinces with the Most Obesity
|Province||Percentage of Obese Adults|
|Prince Edward Island||27%|
Sources: Statscan Health Reports
List Notes: This list includes adults between the ages of 18 to 74 for the year 2004. An obese adult is defined as an adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.
- From 1986-92 to 2004, the prevalence of obesity increased significantly in almost all Canadian provinces.
- Obesity alone cost Canadian heath care an estimated $1.8 billion in 1997.
- In 2004, nearly one-quarter (23.1%) of adult Canadians, 5.5 million people aged 18 or older, were obese. An additional 36.1% (8.6 million) were overweight.
- Obesity has also been linked with many chronic diseases, including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.
- Canada's adult obesity rate is significantly lower than that in the United States: 23.1% compared with 29.7%.