Activity: Missing Pieces – Iteration

The evidence we’ve looked at so far is sex-disaggregated – at least in part – but it tells us little or nothing about the relationship between obesity and overweight and the other social determinants of health, such as age, ethnicity, education, etc.

Iteration tells us that there are pieces of information missing from our puzzle.

Consider the following new pieces of information. How, if at all, do they change the emerging “picture” of overweight, obesity and health?

1. Table: 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey: Nutrition. Obesity rates for men and women by selected characteristics, Canada (excluding Territories), 2004

For a description of the information presented in this chart, click here and in the suggested answers found at the bottom of that page, press “play.”

2. RESEARCH STUDY: Quotation from a study participant. Iskwĕwak Mīwayawak, Women Feeling Healthy, Multiple Exposures: An Environmental Scan of Miwayawin Health Services, regarding healthy body weight and body image, 25 January 2008, University of Saskatchewan, (no author listed)

“… you know, a lot of sedentary thin people, people who don’t do any activity at all just kind of have a high metabolism, they are at more risk for heart disease and all of these other diseases…like diabetes and whatever…than the person who may be overweight, who’s BMI may be too high, and their cardiovascular system is in shape. There was a 300 pound man in the U.S. doing a marathon and he did it. So …that perception that thin people are in shape is not the case.”

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