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A by-the-numbers look at obese children

About 12% of Canadian kids obese

Last Updated: September 20, 2012

Nearly 12 per cent of Canadian children aged five to 17 are obese, according to Statistics Canada, which also notes that the prevalence of overweight and obese children hasn't increased over the past decade. By comparison, nearly one-fifth of American children (aged two to 19) are obese, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The charts below explore the prevalence of obesity among Canadian and American children by age group and sex. Hover over the bars to read more.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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