Recent studies suggest that an estimated 37 percent of Canadian adults are overweight and 24 percent are obese. That’s more than 60 percent of Canadians who do not have a healthy weight. As for children (over 6) and youth, 17 percent were found to be overweight, while 9 percent were considered obese.
Body mass index
Being considered overweight, that is, having a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29.9, does not pose a health risk. In fact, someone who carries excess weight may even be healthier than a person with a healthy weight.
A BMI greater than 30 indicates obesity. People who are obese have twice the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases compared to those who have a healthy weight. Moreover, people who carry excess weight around their waist also present greater risk of suffering from heart disease. Pay special attention to your waist circumference if it is:
- greater than 35 inches for women
- greater than 40 inches for men
However, all experts agree that diets and weight loss products are not a safe, efficient and sustainable way to lose weight. The answer is to change your eating habits and exercise on a regular basis.
For more information about your health, talk to your pharmacist!