The Canadian Reality
A recent Heart and Stroke Foundation survey of almost 2,000 Canadians found that 62% of respondents reported intentionally losing five or more pounds over the past five years but failed to keep the weight off. 70% of those who were overweight or obese regained all, or even more, pounds after their weight-loss efforts.
“Obesity and overweight have become one of the leading public health concerns in Canada,” stressed Dr. Marco Di Buono, Director of Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. “We know that within the past 30 years, the prevalence of obesity doubled among those ages 40 to 69 and tripled among those 20 to 39.”
This is even more concerning as the 2010 Heart and Stroke Foundation Report on Canadians’ Health recently declared that adults between the ages 20 to 39 as Canada’s new “at risk” group. Within this age group, 3 million are inactive, 2.5 million are overweight or obese, 2 million smoke, 164,000 have high blood pressure and 66,000 have diabetes.