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Overweight and eating out

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The higher their income, the more likely Canadian men are to be overweight.

Generally, people in higher income groups have better health than those in lower income groups, but this is less so when it comes to obesity and overweight levels among men.

Since the early 1980s, the largest increase in the prevalence of obesity has been among men in higher income groups.

A potential contributor is that men in higher household income groups are significantly more likely than those in lower income groups to eat meals away from home. People who often eat out tend to consume more calories than those who usually eat meals prepared at home.

These patterns do not hold for women. Although women from higher income households are more likely than those from lower income households to eat out, they are no more or less likely to be overweight.