Share of Canadian aboriginals with obesity 2007-2014, by aboriginal identity

This statistic presents the percentage of aboriginals in Canada who were obese from 2007 to 2010 and 2011 to 2014, by aboriginal identity. It was found that in the period from 2011 to 2014, around 23.9 percent of the Inuit population was obese.

Percentage of aboriginals in Canada who were obese from 2007 to 2014, by aboriginal identity

2007 to 20102011 to 2014
Non-Aboriginal identity population17.3%18.6%
Inuit28.2%23.9%
Métis24.1%25.4%
First Nations*28.2%30.6%
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Source

Release date

December 2016

Region

Canada

Survey time period

2007 to 2014

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* The terms "First Nations" and "North American Indian" can be interchanged. The term "First Nations" refers to the First Nations population living off reserve.


Body mass index (BMI) is a method of classifying body weight according to health risk. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada guidelines, health risk levels are associated with each of the following BMI categories: normal weight = least health risk; underweight and overweight = increased health risk; obese, class I = high health risk; obese, class II = very high health risk; obese, class III = extremely high health risk.
Body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing the respondent's body weight (in kilograms) by their height (in metres) squared.
A definition change was implemented in 2004 to conform with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada guidelines for body weight classification. The index is calculated for the population aged 18 and over, excluding pregnant females and persons less than 3 feet (0.914 metres) tall or greater than 6 feet 11 inches (2.108 metres).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada guidelines, the index for body weight classification is: less than 18.50(underweight); 18.50 to 24.99 (normal weight); 25.00 to 29.99 (overweight); 30.00 to 34.99 (obese, class I); 35.00 to 39.99 (obese, class II); 40.00 or greater (obese, class III).

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