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Off-Reserve Aboriginals More Prone to Obesity
Jan 23.2008

TORONTO - A new report says aboriginal adults living off-reserve in Ontario and the western provinces are far more likely to be obese or overweight than their non-aboriginal neighbours.

The Statistics Canada report using 2004 data found native Canadians aged 19 to 50 were two and a half times more prone to being overweight or obese.

The difference primarily reflected higher rates of obesity among aboriginal women, especially those aged 19 to 30.

Aboriginal women in this age group consumed about 360 more calories a day on average than non-native women.

The study says more than a third of the aboriginal women's diet was made up of foods like candy, soft drinks and condiments, compared to less than a quarter of the diet for non-aboriginal women.

Previous research has shown that off-reserve aboriginals are more likely than other Canadians to report obesity-related chronic health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis.
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