Monday, September 13, 2010

Almost 75% of Adult Ontarians are Overweight or Obese

Source: The Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Being Canadian is a great thing, especially Ontarian! Normally, we have so much to be proud of, but sadly, not only are Canadians not getting enough fruits and veggies each day, but new statistics show that an alarming 75% of Ontarians are outside of the healthy weight range and are either overweight or obese. To cap things, this also raises the prevalence of high blood pressure.

According to new research out of Ottawa, an alarming 25% of Ontario adults are obese, half are overweight, and of all of them, nearly 1 out of every 3 have high blood pressure. Not pretty! And all this research was hot on the heels of the Canadian Diabetes Association telling us that the incidence of the chronic disease has risen in our fine country.

The lead author of the study warns that all of these figures are likely to rise, since obesity has become the norm in our country. What people don't realize, is how much overweight and obese people are at risk for chronic diseases, and what kind of a burden on our health care system this will have in the future - and that means more taxes for all! It's really about time we start paying attention to our diets and physical activity and start making a change for the better, for ourselves, our families, and our fellow Ontarians!

Read more at the Globe and Mail (Sept. 9, 2010) in the article called "Nearly three-quarters of Ontario adults are obese or overweight".