Québec and British Columbia continue to be the provinces with the highest percentage of their population within the “normal” BMI range.
Many find this puzzling given Quebeckers’ laissez-faire attitude towards food.
When we asked 3,000 Canadians last year about their agreement with the statement “I can eat whatever I want with little concern about my health”, significantly more Quebeckers agreed (32.8%) than Canadians in the RoC (27.5%).
It’s as puzzling as the French paradox.
Unfortunately, the puzzle is being gradually solved as this attitude appears to be catching up.
According to new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, not only have obesity rates in Canada tripled since 1985, Québec saw the biggest regional increase in obesity levels; from 12.7% in 2000/01 to 16.8% in 2011, a 32.3% increase.