Fatness Index – Canada vs. United States

Yesterday I noticed that Richard Florida and Andrew Sullivan re-posted a map (created by calorielab) that color coded US states by the percentage of the population that was obese. I wondered if a similar map existed for Canada. Although there are several that highlight obesity – such as this one and this one – none are quite like this one. More importantly, none allowed for an easy and direct comparison between the two countries.

So I’ve taken the calorielab map, remade it, and extend it to all of North America by applying its criteria to Canadian provinces (and by using some Statistics Canada figures found here). The result is a “green armband” (of relative health) stretching across the continent.

Obese Map of NA 2

If Canadian provinces were ranked along side US States, they would rank 1st (BC), 2nd (QC), 3rd (ON), 4th (AB) and tied for 5th (MB) (YK) as the least obese provinces/states. Colorado would be the first American state placing 7th, with the provinces of NS in 8th and SK in 9th. PEI and NB would appear 15th and 16th and NFLD would appear 19th. NWT and NU would close out in 30th and 31st position. You can see the original chart at the bottom of this page.

Actually even some of the grimmer looking patches of Canada’s map have a silver lining. The Arctic Territories, specifically Nunavut (NU) and the North-West Territories (NWT), appear obese and thus unhealthy. However, Statistics Canada notes that obesity criterion for Inuit populations should be more relaxed since a high BMI does not appear to have the same health risk for Inuit as for non-Inuit. Interesting, eh?

And here is the original map I’m riffing off of…

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39 thoughts on “Fatness Index – Canada vs. United States

  1. Richard Dice

    Excellent map! I saw Richard Florida’s blog posting on this too and immediately wished for THIS VERY MAP for comparison. Thank you for doing the work on this!

    Cheers,
    – Richard

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  2. Richard Dice

    Excellent map! I saw Richard Florida’s blog posting on this too and immediately wished for THIS VERY MAP for comparison. Thank you for doing the work on this!Cheers, – Richard

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  4. Abby

    Canada uses age-standardized data when measuring obesity rates, while the US doesn’t (it’s mentioned on the statistics Canada page) So, I don’t think it’s very statistically sound to compare the two sets of data like this.

    But it’s still a very nice map.

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  5. Abby

    Canada uses age-standardized data when measuring obesity rates, while the US doesn’t (it’s mentioned on the statistics Canada page) So, I don’t think it’s very statistically sound to compare the two sets of data like this.But it’s still a very nice map.

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  6. Al

    Unfortunately, the Canadian prevalence data used here are derived from self-reported surveys of height and weight, an approach that we know leads to an underestimation of true prevalence.

    If we were to calculate % obese based on physically measured heights and weights (see StatCan’s Health Reports, Vol 17(3), 2006), then:
    – BC would remain dark green;
    – Quebec and Ontario would become that light fleshy colour;
    – NS and AB, light orange;
    – PEI, dark orange; and
    – other provinces and territories, brown.

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  7. Al

    Unfortunately, the Canadian prevalence data used here are derived from self-reported surveys of height and weight, an approach that we know leads to an underestimation of true prevalence.If we were to calculate % obese based on physically measured heights and weights (see StatCan’s Health Reports, Vol 17(3), 2006), then:- BC would remain dark green; – Quebec and Ontario would become that light fleshy colour; – NS and AB, light orange;- PEI, dark orange; and- other provinces and territories, brown.

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  9. adolphfuckinghitler

    coincides perfectly with the dominant Nigger population in the US. Like we don't have enough to worry about with:Their high school dropout rate (3x higher than whites)50% of black men have been incarcerated by age 25. And one in four are in PRISON now.High out of wedlock birthrate. 90% of Nigglets are born to single Moms.65% of those Mom's are on welfare or some kind of public assistance.Blacks are twice as obese as white people on average.They commit 50% of the violent crime in America (40% is committed by the Spicks)This despite being lucky enough to live in a country that literally hands success to you if you are just prepared to reach out and grab it. But even asking them to reach out for it is asking to much.Overall, they are lazy, fat and stupid.But Blackbama thinks this will all just go away if we all just stay positive, sing Koombayaa and hold hands.They, along with the flood of illegals across our borders will lead to this countries demise. In fact it has already started.Fucking Nigger, Jews and Spicks.

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  10. Brenton

    Sorry, curious, but is race a factor in weight? I assume it's more to do with poverty and culture. But just to see, a quick check of demographic stats for West Virginia shows 94.5% white, 3.6% black. Kentucky has 89.9% white, 7.7% black. Oklahoma has 78% white, 8% black. Those are all well below the national average of 12.8%. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

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  11. betzee

    Freedom of speech…mmm. We fight for it, but then someone like you comes along and spoils it.I wonder what you do to support the economy? Care to share? Are you in a position to try and positively change the equivocal statistics you spout above?It never ceases to amaze me that there are still people like you around. IF you were educated, perhaps you might be able to construct your argument in a less…..neanderthal way. In the UK we have an old saying “More to be pitied than blamed”. Poor you! As a doctor, I do however gain some solace in the fact that what you ennunciate, will in the end have a negative impact on all the biological systems within your body. This will eventually result in a CVA, MI or even possibly Ca. I wish you well!Betzy

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  12. tky

    This is cool. I wish I was able to do the same for Australia (where I am). I heard last year that Australia is now the most obese country in the world. I couldn't believe it, but it was on the news so it must be true (ha ha, btw).

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  13. northerontariogirl

    you really need to subdivide Ontario into northern and southern. People in northern Ontario tend to be bigger,I mean fatter

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  19. savroop

    trés belle blog. Mais moi à mon avis ouain je pense ke les amériancs sont bine plus grosse ke nous les candiennes.

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