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The Top 5 Canadian Provinces with the Most Obesity

  Province Percentage of Obese Adults
1 Newfoundland 35%
2 Saskatchewan 31%
3 New Brunswick 30%
4 Manitoba 28%
5 Prince Edward Island 27%
Sources:  Statscan Health Reports
List Notes: This list includes adults between the ages of 18 to 74 for the year 2004. An obese adult is defined as an adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more.
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  1. From 1986-92 to 2004, the prevalence of obesity increased significantly in almost all Canadian provinces.
  2. Obesity alone cost Canadian heath care an estimated $1.8 billion in 1997.
  3. 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.
  4. Obesity has also been linked with many chronic diseases, including hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, osteoarthritis, and certain types of cancer.
  5. Canada's adult obesity rate is significantly lower than that in the United States: 23.1% compared with 29.7%.