The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) reports, from a survey of 4,424 Adult Albertans, that a shocking 6 out of 10, aged 18 and above, are categorized as being overweight or obese in comparison to the rest of Canada, who’s results were 5 out of 10.
The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) performed an in-depth report that analyzes the prevalence, burden, and rates of use of key healthcare services for overweight and obese adult Albertans.
Results of the study found that more males than females are obese and that obesity is more common for a person in the age range of 45 to 64. The good news for us is that the Alberta Health Service zones for Calgary and Edmonton are the lowest obesity rates in Alberta whereas, in the North and South zones obesity is more common.
According to this report, “there have been no significant changes in the prevalence of overweight or obesity in Alberta since 2012”.
Being obese or overweight is a constant battle and puts the individuals at risk for many comorbid conditions. Some of these conditions being chronic such as asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, depression and anxiety, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, heart disease and more.
People who are obese or overweight report having a lower quality of life and report using the healthcare system for more serious and ongoing issues.
For more information about the report or about HQCA please visit this site.