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Table 2
Weighted prevalence of obesity, by sex and selected characteristics, household population aged 18 or older with plausible energy intake, Canada excluding territories, 2004

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Characteristic Men Women
Estimated number ’000 % 95% confidence interval Estimated number ’000 % 95% confidence interval
from to from to
Total 6,485 21.7 18.9 24.9 6,432 22 19.2 25
Age group
18 to 24 860 11.2E 6.1 19.7 709 11.2E 6.9 17.8
25 to 34 1,169 22.2E 14.3 32.8 893 19.8E 13.7 27.7
35 to 44 1,347 18.9E 13.4 26.1 1,408 21.0* 15.1 28.4
45 to 54 1,182 28.5* 21.9 36.3 1,301 25.6* 18.3 34.6
55 to 64 966 29.6* 22.6 37.6 984 27.7* 21.1 35.3
65 to 74 573 20.7* 15.6 27.1 580 23.3* 17.9 29.7
75 or older 389 14.9E 8.8 24.1 556 21.8* 16.6 28
Marital status
Married/Common-law 4,293 22.5 19.1 26.3 4,036 23.0* 19.3 27.2
Widowed 108 13.5E 7.7 22.5 585 26.7* 21 33.2
Separated/Divorced 434 26.3E 17.3 37.9 626 25.0*E 17.6 34.2
Never married 1,649 19.2E 13.4 26.8 1,185 14.5E 9.5 21.5
Education
Less than secondary graduation 1,153 28.3* 21.5 36.2 1,254 30.3* 23.4 38.3
Secondary graduation 1,058 36.5* 27.1 47 1,277 21.5 15.7 28.8
Some postsecondary 658 14.3E 8.9 22.2 511 23.8E 16.2 33.7
Postsecondary graduation 3,587 16.8 13.8 20.3 3,287 18.6 15.3 22.5
Household income
First quintile (lowest) 945 16.2E 9.3 26.8 1,179 25.6* 19.1 33.5
Second quintile 1,149 19.6E 13.8 27.1 1,179 24.2* 18.5 30.9
Third quintile 1,316 27.6 20.6 35.8 1,190 25.9* 19.2 33.9
Fourth quintile 1,411 25.3 19.7 31.8 1,082 23.2 17 30.9
Fifth quintile (highest) 1,285 21.6 17.1 27 1,180 14.0E 8.6 22
Missing 380 9.1*E 4.8 16.6 623 16.2E 9.9 25.5
Ethnic origin
White 5,330 24.7 21.4 28.3 5,406 23.2 20.2 26.4
Aborginal (off-reserve) 83 29.5E 14.9 50.1 107 37.3E 23.7 53.3
Other F F F F 920 12.9*E 7.1 22.3
Smoking status
Current smoker 1,775 19.8 14.8 26 1,463 23.3 17.4 30.5
Former smoker 2,211 27.8* 22.2 34.3 1,486 24.1 18.8 30.4
Never smoked† 2,500 17.7 14 22.2 3,474 20.6 17.1 24.5
Leisure-time physical activity
Inactive 3,587 25.4 21.1 30.3 4,065 26 22.2 30.3
Moderately active 1,665 16.5* 12.4 21.6 1,428 19.2* 14.9 24.3
Active 1,233 18.1* 13 24.6 939 8.7*E 5.5 13.5
* significantly different from estimate for reference group (p<0.05)
significantly different from estimate for women (p<0.05)
reference group
E use with caution (coefficient of variation 16.6% to 33.3%)
F too unreliable to be published (coefficient of variation greater than 33.3%)
Note: Plausible respondents are those whose reported energy intake was 70% to 142% of their predicted energy expenditure.
Source: 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey—Nutrition.