Activity: Sex, gender, and obesity

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?

For more information, watch the following interview.

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. [1]

Watch the following video clips and consider how gender stereotypes and norms might affect healthy and unhealthy weights.

Sources; [1] 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

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