Obesity is an Epidemic
In 2017, 28.2% of Canadian adults were obese, twice as high than in 1978-79 with a rate of 13.8%.
Canada is ranked as the 22nd highest obese country out of 195 countries.
Around 7 million Canadian adults are obese.
1 in 4 Canadian adults have obesity,
1 in 10 Canadian children have clinical obesity.
Only 40 Canadian doctors out of 85,000 have a certification in obesity management.
A 2010 report estimated that direct costs of overweight and obesity represented $6 billion.
20% of premature deaths that occur in Canadian adults are estimated to be directly attributable to obesity.
Bariatric surgery is available to only 1 in 183 of adult Canadians per year.
Bariatric surgery is only available to 1 in 1,312 in Nova Scotia.
There are only 113 surgeons in 33 centres where bariatric surgery is performed.
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