Consider the following sources of information about sex, gender and obesity and answer the related questions.
1. GRAPH: Self-Reported Body Mass Index: Percentage of population (aged 18+) who reported height and weight corresponding to a BMI in specified categories, by sex (age-standardized)*, Canada 2009
Question: Are there differences in the rates of overweight and obesity for males and females?
Question: Are differences in weight a product of sex, gender or both?
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2. VIDEOS: Gender affects healthy weight
But it is also the case that gender affects healthy weight – and in complex ways. According to a 2008 Statistics Canada (2009) report, women are more likely than men to shave off a few pounds when reporting their weight. The authors of the report suggest that this tendency might be linked to females feeling “more pressure to conform to ‘desirable’ standards” of weight. 
Watch the following video clips and consider how gender stereotypes and norms might affect healthy and unhealthy weights.
Sources;  Margot Shields, Sarah Connor Gorber & Mark S. Tremblay. (2008). Estimates of overweight and obesity based on self-reported versus direct measures. Health Reports, 19 (2): 61-76; Image source: graph