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November 2009 

The November 2009 online edition of Health Reports contains two articles.

By weighting years of life according to their quality, health-adjusted life expectancy converts the conventional, purely mortality-driven life expectancy measure into expected years of full health. "Income disparities in health-adjusted life expectancy for Canadian adults, 1991 to 2001" estimates health-adjusted life expectancy for different income groups. For both sexes, disparities in health-adjusted life expectancy between the highest and lowest income groups were substantially greater than those for life expectancy alone. For more information, contact Philippe Finès (613-951-3896;, Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada.

The social gradient in health refers to the consistent association between higher socioeconomic postiton and better health status across an array of health outcomes. The social gradient in body weight departs from this consistent pattern. Recent Canadian studies suggest that the association between income and obesity is positive for men, and curvilinear (perhaps in transition) among women. "Social class, gender and time use: Implications for the social determinants of body weight?" examines time-use patterns by indicators of socioeconomic position and considers the implications of variations in time use for the social gradient in weight reported in other studies. For more information, contact Lindsay McLaren (1-403-210-9424;, University of Calgary.

The November 2009 online edition of Health Reports, Vol. 20, no. 4 (82-003-X, free), is available from the Publications module of our website.

For more information about Health Reports, contact Christine Wright (613-951-1765;, Health Analysis Division.