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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Americans fatter than Canadians

By Rob Stein

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.

By Rob Stein  | March 2, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Obesity  
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Comments

Obesity is spreading worldwide due to food chemicals

Food Chemicals are the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

The food chemicals break the gut(insulin) and this is the cause of the diabetes and obesity crisis

A filmmaker has been reversing diabetes and Obesity in now 10 countries and the drug makers do not promote the story

just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

Posted by: healing1 | March 2, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Shivering burns calories!

Posted by: nadie1 | March 2, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Our fattest states are also our poorest states. Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia rank in the Top 5 fattest and Top 5 poorest states.

Poor people are more likely to pick cheap white bread and 1.5 and 2 liter bottles of store brand soft drinks. They are also less likely to purchase expensive fresh produce.

Posted by: alance | March 2, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the government can be blamed. Sugar has been replaced with HFCS in the US, but not in Canada. Why? Because the government pays people to grow corn and keeps out sugar from Cuba. HFCS takes longer for your body to break down and it slows down your metabolism. Petition Congress to end farm subsidies and to allow free trade in sugar.

Posted by: dogofthecourt | March 3, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Both African-Americans and Hispanic Americans have higher rates of obesity than Whites. Given that there are many more Blacks and Hispanics in America than in Canada, both absolutely and in terms of percentages of populations, that affects the overall rate of obesity. I would be interested in knowing how the rates between the two countries compare within specific ethnic groups.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 3, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Aspartame has been shown to cause between 50 and 95 pounds of weight gain every year in inactive people that consume it. It is in over 6,000 foods and beverages in America. Michelle Obama said that the obesity epidema began in America 30 years ago. Aspartame was approved for human use by Ronald Reagan after he fired the FDA director in 1981 for rejecting Aspartame as unfit for human consumption 7 times. Hmmm, that is exactly 30 years ago.

Posted by: meadowrock | March 3, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Aspartame has been shown to cause 50 to 95 pounds of weight gain per year in inactive people. It is now in over 6,000 foods and beverages in America today. Michele Obama said that the obesity epidemic in America began 30 years ago. Aspartame was approved for human consumption in 1981 by Ronald Reagan after he fired the FDA director for rejecting Aspartame as unfit for human consumption 7 times. Hmm, that is exactly 30 years ago.

Posted by: meadowrock | March 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Aspartame has been shown to cause 50 to 95 pounds of weight gain per year in inactive people. It is now in over 6,000 foods and beverages in America today. Michele Obama said that the obesity epidemic in America began 30 years ago. Aspartame was approved for human consumption in 1981 by Ronald Reagan after he fired the FDA director for rejecting Aspartame as unfit for human consumption 7 times. Hmm, that is exactly 30 years ago.

Posted by: meadowrock | March 3, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We would like to make ppl aware of a few things:
All living U.S. Surgeon Generals and First Lady Michelle Obama have identified childhood [and teen] obesity as one of the nation’s leading health problems.
In fact, the increase in overweight and obesity is epidemic in African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, with about 50% (or one-half) of all women in these populations being overweight or obese.
In many communities, overweight and obesity have been largely accepted as the norm. Also, for historical and cultural reasons, many individuals consider overweight and obesity more desirable than being normal in size (sometimes called skinny, or thin).
Why Preventing Childhood [and Teen] Overweight and Obesity Matters:
(a) Childhood obesity represents the beginning of a pathway that often leads to adult obesity;
(b) Overweight children in the U.S. are starting to develop Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol levels, putting them at risk for heart disease, and stroke. These chronic diseases are costly financially and socially.
(c) Some overweight and obese children also develop asthma and sleep apnea, and there are often self-esteem related issues as a result of teasing and stigma.
(d) When one parent of a teen is overweight or obese, the teen has a 70 % chance of becoming overweight or obese, and the risk increases to 80% when both parents are overweight or obese.

Norma J. Goodwin, M.D.
Founder, President & CEO
Health Power for Minorities
(Health Power), and
Editor-in-Chief
www.healthpowerforminorities.com; njgoodwin@healthpowerforminorities.con
http://www.facebook.com/healthpowerforminorities
http://twitter.com/Health__Power#
http://www.youtube.com/user/MinorityHealthInfo
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/norma-goodwin/21/702/b82

Posted by: thebestvirtualassistant | March 6, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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