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Number of overweight or obese Canadian adults based on BMI 2015-2019

This statistic displays the estimated number of Canadians aged 18 years and over that are considered overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI) from 2015 to 2019. In 2019, around 7.6 million Canadian adults were considered obese.

Number of Canadian adults that are overweight or obese based on BMI 2015 to 2019

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Release date

August 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Number of respondents

Base: 65,000 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

All figures are annual estimates.
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.
As a result of the 2015 redesign, Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) has a new collection strategy, a new sample design, and has undergone major content revisions. With all these factors taken together, caution should be taken when comparing data from previous cycles to data released for the 2015 cycle onwards.

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