Adults in Saskatchewan are gaining weight faster than anyone else in the country.
New data on obesity released by Statistics Canada last week. According to data from the Canadian Community Health Survey, 26.7% of Canadians were obese in 2015. That is based on having a BMI of 30 or higher. Saskatchewan’s rate was 45.9% in 2015.
Nazeem Maharajine is a Professor at the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. He says dieting is a big part of losing weight, but children today need help in understanding what a health diet looks like and that starts with their family.
Maharajine says part of the problem has to do with municipalities which may not be designing their city or town in a way that promotes activity.
“In a way, we don’t have a plan that is widely accepted and bought into,” Maharajine said. “We don’t have public campaigns that tell people to move more, or eat healthy.”
Newfoundland & Labrador have the next highest rate at 38.9%. BC has the lowest rate at 21.4%.