Wed, 28 Nov 2012 20:44:47 GMT | By Tenille Bonoguore
Childhood obesity rising in Canada

Big kids (and getting bigger)

Big kids (and getting bigger). (© Mike Blake - Reuters)
  • Big kids (and getting bigger). (© Mike Blake - Reuters)
  • National issue. (© Getty Images)
  • Big boys. (© Getty Images)
  • Little boys have the highest rates. (© Getty Images)
  • All provinces are gaining. (© Getty Images)
  • The heavy Atlantic. (© Christinne Muschi - Reuters)
  • The thin Prairies. (© Patrick Price - Reuters)
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Of the major health issues facing Canadians, one is highly visible: obesity is on the rise across the country.

Two major studies released this fall examined the prevalence of obesity in Canadian children. Both the Canadian Health Measures survey, conducted from 2009 to 2011, and a study in the journal Obesity found that almost a third of five- to 17-year-olds in Canada are overweight or obese, and young boys are most at risk.

As childhood weight issues are linked to adult obesity, diabetes and other illnesses, recent reports sound an alarm for public health officials and parents alike. Here, a by-the-numbers look at the emerging epidemic.

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