Statistics Canada data shows percentage of obese children has fallen nationally

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While obesity rates for adults are up, obesity rates for Canadian children aged five to 17 decreased slightly between 2004 and 2015, according to data recently released by Statistics Canada.

The data uses BMI or body mass index to identify obesity. Body mass index is measured by dividing weight by height. A BMI of 18.5 to 25 is considered “normal” and anything over 30 is considered obese.

In the latest statistics, boys who were considered obese (children who were had a BMI over 30) fell from 15.7 per cent to 14.5 per cent between 2004 and 2015. For girls, the numbers went from 10.8 per cent to 9.5 per cent.

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Statistics Canada data shows percentage of obese children has fallen nationally

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