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Friday June 20, 2008
A recent study released by Statistics Canada shows adults are getting fatter as they age.

The Canadian Community Health Survey was done last year, surveying four million people aged 18 and older.

Participants were asked to self-report their height and weight, and Body Mass Index (BMI) numbers were used to determine if people were overweight or obese. A BMI reading between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

The final results were posted, but participants weren’t advised which category they were in.

In Ontario, 33 per cent of participants were overweight, and only 16 per cent were obese.

Of those numbers, men were more likely to tip the scales – especially in the 25 to 44 age group – while women in that age category were in better shape.

As a general rule, adults aged 45 to 64 were the ones most likely to be obese.

A word of caution came with the survey, saying people usually claim to be taller and skinnier than they are. That means the results likely underestimate how heavy society has become. More...

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