The obesity epidemic in Canada has reached new heights with recent research suggesting that rates have tripled over the past 26 years.
Researchers from Memorial University discovered that between 1985 and 2011 the overall obesity rate in Canada increased by 12 per cent from 6 per cent to 18 per cent, reports CTV.
The researchers also note that the obesity epidemic is putting a massive financial strain on the health care system. Health care costs to address the problem fall between $4.6- and $7.1-billion a year. More overweight individuals are relying on medical services to address their Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and sleep apnea.
"These results raise concerns at a policy level, because people in these obesity classes are at a much higher risk of developing complex care needs," says lead author and medical professor Laurie Twells.
Researchers also warn that if Canadians continue to remain flippant about their expanding waistlines, more than 1 in 5 could be obese in theRead More »from Is obesity the biggest health risk facing Canadians?