Record Breaking Obesity Rates: Why You Should Visit Your Burnaby Gym

Randy Shore, writing for the Vancouver Sun, reports on a study by the University of British Columbia that shows an alarming spike in adult obesity in the country between 2000 and 2007, breaking the record as the highest rate, thus far, in Canadian history. Even in British Columbia, where obesity rates were reportedly lower and where people are found to have healthier lifestyles, the number of obesity cases between 2008 and 2011 increased by 25 per cent, according to the Canadian Community Health Survey. Obesity is defined as having excess fat, where fat accumulation starts to pose some health risks. These health risks include various conditions and diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and gynecological problems like irregular menstruation or infertility. Although the solution to fight an expanding waistline varies from person to person, common proven methods include a healthy diet and regular exercise – programs with which a Burnaby gym like She's Fit! can help. An adult with a body mass index (BMI) between 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight; a person whose BMI exceeds 30 is obese. A healthy BMI falls between 18.5 to 24.9. To calculate your BMI using the metric unit, multiply your height in meters, then divide by your weight in kilograms. According to report, the highest rate of obesity is found in provinces at the Atlantic Maritime, where one in every three adults is considered obese. Findings of CCHS lead researcher Carolyn Gotay showed that the number of obese women have been progressively increasing