We came across this infographic today, and it's pretty staggering.
It was created by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it shows how much obesity rates in America have changed between 1985 and 2010.
As you can see, there's a clear trend: across the U.S., obesity rates have gone up from under 10 per cent of the population in the mid-'80s to much higher. By 2010, many states had rates above 30 per cent.
For some more recent data, check out this chart from early last year of the most obese and least obese metro areas in the U.S., created by Gallup polling.
Looks like Boulder, Colorado is the place to be:
So, what about here in Canada?
Well, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia, obesity rates are climbing in this country too. They released a study last month that covered the change across Canada between 2000 and 2011.
According to their research, obesity rates are at "historic levels" in Canada, with the Maritimes and the three territories showing the highest rates, and B.C. with the lowest rate overall.
Strombo.com decided to compare the U.S. data with Canada's, so we created this animated gif using the data from UBC's study.
Although it doesn't show quite as extreme a trend as the U.S. data (partly because UBC covered a shorter time span), the gif definitely shows that as a nation, more of us were obese in 2011 than in 2000:
How we eat is a big factor when it comes to obesity, and the CBC's Live Right Now initiative is encouraging Canadians to make some changes.
This month, Live Right Now is encouraging Canadians to "bring healthier home" by sitting down and sharing a meal with family or friends.
At the Live Right Now website, you can create an account and check in every time you get together with others for a sit-down meal.
For every check in, Live Right Now will donate a meal to a family in need through Food Banks Canada.
It's a great initiative for an important cause, and they need your help: their goal is 100,000 meals by the end of April. As of this writing, they're at more than 67,000.
You can sign in and take part on their home page.
Live Right Now is in its third season helping Canadians lead healthier, more active lives. Diet is part of that, but their next initiative is all about getting yourself moving.
It kicks off in May, and it's called '30x30'. The idea is to make sure you get outside every day for half an hour and do something fun each day next month. Keep an eye on the Live Right Now Twitter and Facebook pages for more info.
Via Visual News