Canadian children even less fat than Americans
The obesity rate for Canadian children is still lower than that of young Americans reveals the latest data compiled by Statistics Canada and by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the obesity rate reached 13% among Canadians aged 3-19 years, it rises to 17.5% among American neighbors.
In the late 1970s, the prevalence of obesity in children was only 5% in both Canada and the United States.
After a sharp rise in the 80 and 90, the rate of obesity in children is increasing for 10 years and seems to have reached a plateau. This trend applies both Canada and the United States.
While younger Canadians appear to be less affected than their neighbors by weight problems, it is important to note that this difference is more marked among girls. Among girls, the obesity rate is only 10.4% against 16.7% in Canada in the United States. While boys, no significant difference was observed between the two countries.
Statistics Canada says this morning that it is “important to follow the trends of childhood obesity because children and obese adolescents are likely to become obese adults, and their health may suffer immediate consequences, it’s whether psychosocial stress, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or abnormal glucose tolerance.”