Obesity in Canadian Adults, 2016 and 2017

Release date: October 24, 2018
Infographic: Obesity in Canadian Adults, 2016 and 2017
Description: Obesity in Canadian Adults, 2016 and 2017

Obesity in Canadian Adults, 2016 and 2017

Overall Canadian results for body mass index, 2016 and 2017Footnote 1
  Body Mass Index
Normal WeightTable note * 40%
Overweight 34%
Obese 27%
Table note *

Underweight and normal weight categories were combined.

Return to table note * referrer

Obesity has remained stable over 10 years (2007 to 2017).Footnote 1Footnote 2

Obesity increases with ageFootnote 1
Ages Percentage who are obese
18-39 20%
40-59 31%
60-79 31%
Obesity decreases with fruit and vegetable consumptionFootnote 1
Fruit and vegetable consumption Percent obese
Fewer than five fruits or vegetables per day 28%
Five or more fruits or vegetables per day 20%
Immigrants are less likely to be obese than non-immigrantsFootnote 1
Immigration status Percent obese
Landed immigrants 17%
Non-immigrants 30%
Obesity decreases with higher household educationFootnote 1
Household education Percent obese
Less than high school 40%
High school graduates 34%
Postsecondary graduates 24%
Obesity prevalence by province compared to Canadian average (27%), 2017Footnote 3
Province Percent obese Compared to Canadian average
British Columbia 22% Lower than the Canadian average
Alberta 29% Higher than the Canadian average
Saskatchewan 35% Higher than the Canadian average
Manitoba 29% Same as the Canadian average
Ontario 26% Lower than the Canadian average
Quebec 27% Same as the Canadian average
New Brunswick 38% Higher than the Canadian average
Newfoundland and Labrador 38% Higher than the Canadian average
Prince Edward Island 30% Same as the Canadian average
Nova Scotia 35% Higher than the Canadian average

British Columbia had the lowest prevalence of obesity in Canada.Footnote 3

Sources

Footnote 1

Statistics Canada, 2016 and 2017. Canadian Health Measures Survey. Ottawa.

Return to footnote 1 referrer

Footnote 2

Statistics Canada, 2007 to 2009. Canadian Health Measures Survey. Ottawa.

Return to first footnote 2 referrer

Footnote 3

Statistics Canada, 2017. Canadian Community Health Survey. Ottawa.

Return to footnote 3 referrer

Date modified: