Activity: Is Overweight and Obesity a Problem?

Consider the following three sources of information and try to decide if you think overweight and obesity is a “problem”.   You may already have an opinion about the issue, but try to approach these sources with an open mind.  As you look over the information, think about the questions outlined at the beginning of the module:

  • Is this issue really a problem?
  • How do we know it’s a problem?
  • For whom it is a problem?
  • Are there other ways of looking at the issue?

1. GRAPH: Trends in obesity rates, household population aged 18 years or older, Canada, excluding territories, selected years, 1978/79 to 2004

Question: Is the issue of overweight and obesity a problem?

Yes

No

2. GRAPH: Prevalence of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, by BMI category for adults 18 years of age and older, Canada excluding territories, 2004


Question: Is the issue of overweight and obesity a problem?

Yes

No

3. NEWS ARTICLE: A weighty problem

Question: Is the issue of overweight and obesity a problem?

Yes

No

Image sources: graph 1; graph 2; [1] Reprinted with permission of Sander L. Gilman, PhD.

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