List Notes: Data is the top 5 most obese provinces (including territories) in Canada. Data is adults between the ages of 18 to 74 for the year 2011 to 2012 and is the latest available data as of March, 2015. For the purposes of this list, obesity is defined as an excessively high amount of body fat or adipose tissue in relation to lean body mass.
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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