Only 14 percent of the Canadian adults were declared obese in 1978. However, in just under 40 years, in 2014, Canada’s obesity rate surged to 28 percent. Furthermore, in 2017, 64 percent of the Canadian adults were either overweight or obese, meaning that Canada is now facing a big problem.
“I’m really quite concerned about the rate of persons having obesity,” says Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam.
Despite all the efforts put up by health officials to increase the awareness regarding the harmful effects obesity has on people’s health, the Canadian adults are gaining more weight than ever, and health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes surged, too.
“We live in a society where we put a lot of the onus on the individual. We might prescribe more steps a day or fruits and vegetables, but it’s very difficult for that individual to change their behaviors, particularly if they are in socially disadvantaged conditions,” said Dr. Tam, cited by Global News.
Canada’s obesity rate surged by 100% in the last 40 years, leading to a severe public health issue
Due to the increased obesity rate, conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are also on the rise across Canada where about 10% of the residents are suffering from type II diabetes, while one in 12 Canadians lives with heart disease.
Obesity is by far the most widespread cause of heart conditions and diabetes. Therefore, measures need to be taken to tackle this severe issue.
Additional to overweight and obesity, Canadians also don’t get enough sleep at night which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.
“If we had a time machine that deposited us all back in the ’40s, living the lives that existed back then with the portions that existed back then and the societal norms that existed back then, I bet you we would all lose a fair bit of weight,” said Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Canadian Bariatric Institute.