Americans fatter than Canadians
Like many health problems, the obesity epidemic is worse in the United States than it is in Canada, according to a new government report released Wednesday.
While obesity is increasing in both countries, less than a quarter -- 24.1 percent -- of Canadian adults are obese, compared to more than a third -- 34.4 percent -- of U.S. adults, according to the report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The report compared data collected between 2007 and 2009 by the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Canadian Health Measures Survey.
The gap is bigger between U.S. and Canadian women than it is between men in the two countries. In Canada, 24.3 percent of men are obese compared to 32.6 percent of U.S. men. Among women, 23.9 percent of Canadians are obese compared with 36.2 percent of American women.
But overall, Americans are more obese in all three categories of obesity. Six percent of Americans fall into the category of the very obese, compared with only about 3 percent of Canadians, for example.
Part of the explanation is the different racial make-ups of the two countries, according to the report. In the United States, there are more blacks and Hispanics, who suffer from obesity more than East/Southeast Asians, who comprise the biggest group of minorities in Canada.
| March 2, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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