Apr 02, 2012 13:10 pm

Obesity Rates in Canada on the RiseObesity is calculated using height and weight, and is defined as having a body-mass index of 30 or higher.  Obesity in Canada has risen dramatically over the past 50 years, with the most disturbing rises occurring in the past 20 years.  Obesity is such a concern because it is linked to many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension, as well as contributing to many other diseases.  According to the report, Stat Can said, ““Obesity has been described as a global epidemic.  Accurate surveillance of obesity trends is an important step in developing effective strategies to reduce its impact on public health.” Obesity is not just a problem in Canada.  It has become a problem world wide, and our neighbors to the South are experiencing a higher rate of obesity. 

According to Statistics Canada, 24.1% of Canadians adults (over age 30) are obese, while 34.4% of adults in the United States are classified as obese.  In the past 20 years, obesity among men has increased by 10 percentage points and obesity in Canadian women has increased by 8 percentage points. 

Men were slightly more likely to be obese than women in Canada (24.3% vs. 23.9%).  In the United States, 35.2% of women and 32.6% of men are considered obese. The trend is not just growing for adults, it is also growing for children.  Unhealthy eating habits and a lack of exercise has lead to fatter youth with increasing health problems. 

Many see the rise of junk food and unhealthy snacks (along with marketing campaigns aimed at children) to be the cause. With healthy, fresh vending, you can become part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem.

Call us to get a beautiful, new healthy fresh vending machine installed in your location.  With access to nutritious and delicious food and drinks, your staff/students/clients/visitors can make healthier food choices.

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