Excess Weight


Fat stored around your middle can put you at risk for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Almost 60% of Canadian adults are overweight or obese. Obese Canadians are four times as likely to have diabetes, more than 3 times as likely to have high blood pressure and more than two times more likely to have heart disease than those with a healthy weight.    (Heart & Stroke Foundation 2011)

To assess health risk, calculate your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference. Even modest weight loss (5-10%) of initial body weight has positive benefits on risk factors for heart disease.

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Healthy Range







Click here for instructions to properly measure Waist Circumference

Ethnicity Men Women
Caucasian/European/Sub Saharan African, Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterrenean 102cm (40in) 88cm (35in)
South Asian, Malaysian, Central Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Asian 90cm (35in) 80cm (32in)

(Heart & Stroke Foundation 2011)


Weight and Your Health