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70 Percent Of Ontario Adults Obese Or Overweight

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 07:12:2

David Goodhue - AHN News Reporter

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (AHN) - Almost three-quarters of adults in the Canadian province of Ontario are overweight or obese, according to a University of Ottawa study.

The researchers said many of these people are putting themselves at risk for high blood pressure and other conditions that could lead to heart attack or stroke.

Dr. Frans Leenen of the university's Heart Institute Hypertension Unit said in a statement that 70 percent of Ottawa's adults are overweight or obese because they are eating "far more than our bodies require. We know better than ever that even being overweight creates other problems such as diabetes and high blood cholesterol levels and thereby endangers cardiovascular health."

The study examined 2,552 Ontarians aged 20 to 79 in 16 communities in the province. The researchers said 48 percent of the participants were overweight and 22 percent were obese. More than 50 percent of adults over the age of 60 had high blood pressure, and most of these people were receiving treatment for the condition.

High blood pressure was more common in ethnic groups, especially blacks and south Asians, the researchers said.

A report on the study is published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

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