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Percentage of the population that is overweight or obese
No specific target
This indicator measures the percentage of the population that is overweight or obese. The indicator uses the body mass index (BMI) which is calculated by dividing the respondent’s body weight (in kilograms) by their height (in metres) squared.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada guidelines, the index for body weight classification for the population aged 18 and older is:
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Data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey are collected over a two-year period from a sample of approximately 5,700 respondents. Pregnant women are excluded.