As Canadians, one of our favorite pastimes is poking fun at America’s shortcomings…gun violence, PED scandals, obesity, etc…
Unfortunately, according to new research out of UBC, Canadian obesity levels are at an all-time high. True, they’re not at American levels yet, but darn it all…we’re trying to catch up.
- Published today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, Dr. Carolyn Gotay’s study provides the first comprehensive look at adult obesity rates across Canada since 1998, complete with “obesity maps.”
- And according to Prof. Gotay, “Our analysis shows that more Canadians are obese than ever before – on average, between one fourth and one third of Canadians are obese, depending on the region.”
The Maritimes and the two Territories had the highest obesity rates from 2000 to 2011 – more than 30 per cent of the population in these regions is estimated to be obese. British Columbia had the lowest overall rates, but obesity still increased from less than 20 per cent to almost 25 per cent. Meanwhile, rates in Quebec remained below 24 per cent.
And if it wasn’t bad enough that we’re turning all blubbery thanks to our poutine addiction, Dr. Gotay also reported that “in Canada, the estimated cost of obesity to the economy was $4.6 billion in 2008, up approximately 20% from the year 2000.
And at a time when Canadian governments are scrambling to balance budgets, that $4.6 billion could sure come in handy.
Before my American readers think all us Canadians are giant A-Holes for making fun of American culture, please try to remember that living next door to the world’s superest superpower sometimes makes us just a wee bit defensive. Don’t take it personally, some of us have transcended this inferiority complex and love our American neighbors…warts and all.
BTW, I just wanted to congratulate you on finally realizing that the Canadian style of football is waaaayyyy better than the old “3 yards and a cloud of dust” NFL. Maybe RG3 et al can send some of their fat contract money up to the Saskatchewan RoughRiders.