Activity: Who is obese?

Consider the following three sources of information and try to decide who you think makes up the population of obese people in Canada. You may already have an opinion about this, 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:

  • Who is most at risk, in need, and/or affected?
  • Have we considered diverse experiences within the population?
  • Who is missing from the evidence or analysis?

GRAPH 1: Trends in obesity rates, household population aged 18 or older, Canada excluding the Territories, selected years, 1978/79 to 2004 [1]

GRAPH 2: Obesity rates, by age group, household population aged 18 or older, Canada excluding the Territories, 1978/79 and 2004 [2]

GRAPH 3: Overweight and obesity rate, by age group, Canada excluding the Territories, 1978/1979 and 2004 [3]

Sources: [1] http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-620-m/2005001/pdf/4224906-eng.pdf; [2] 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey: Nutrition. Available: www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-620-m/2005001/c-g/adults-adutles/4053570-eng.htm; [3] http://www41.statcan.gc.ca/2006/2966/htm/ceb2966_004_7-eng.htm

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