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Obesity Research
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Obesity Research
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Chapter 1

Obesity Research

Obesity in Canada: Prevalence, Determinants and Potential Interventions

by Rabia K. Shahid and Shahid Ahmed

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Abstract

Obesity has become a global public health problem. Over the past decades its prevalence has increased in different populations. It is expected to surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. Various environmental, behavioral, social, cultural and genetic factors contribute to the development of overweight and obesity. Obesity has been has been linked to varied chronic illnesses including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and cerebro-vascular disease, many cancers, musculoskeletal disorders and impairment of psychological well-being. Health care costs are considerably higher for overweight and obese individuals. The prevalence of overweight and obese individuals has been rising in Canada. Furthermore, Aboriginal adults have higher rate of obesity compared with non-Aboriginal adults. The increasing burden of obesity can be a major threat to the integrity of the Canadian healthcare system unless active measures are taken in a timely fashion. In this chapter we review comparative prevalence of obesity and its trend in Canada, various determinants and risk factors, and potential strategies for its prevention.

Author Details

Rabia K. Shahid
Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Shahid Ahmed
Medicine and Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Citation

Rabia K. Shahid and Shahid Ahmed. Obesity in Canada: Prevalence, Determinants and Potential Interventions. In Obesity Research. ISBN:978-1-922227-67-6. iConcept Press. 2016.

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