Activity: Sex, gender and population

Consider the following sources of information about sex, gender and obesity and answer the related questions.

Question: How does taking sex into account affect our definition of the obese population?

Graph 1: Obesity rates, by age group and sex, household population aged 18 or older, Canada excluding the Territories, 2004 [1]

Graph 2: Overweight and obesity rates, by sex, household population aged 2 to 17, Canada excluding territories, 1978/79 and 2004 [2]

Question: How does taking gender into account affect our definition of the obese population?

Watch the following two videos:

Video 1: Obesity patterns link parents, children. Click to open video in a new window.

Video 2: Gender Differences When Encouraging Kids to Exercise. Click to open video in a new window.

Sources: [1] 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey: Nutrition. www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-620-m/2005001/c-g/adults-adutles/4144169-eng.htm; [2] Shields, M. (2005). Overweight Canadian children and adolescents. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-620-m/2005001/article/child-enfant/8061-eng.htm

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