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Hogtown, Appropriately

Despite the fact that it’s damn near impossible to find an unoccupied treadmill at the gym after work, the Toronto Sun is reporting that a large portion of Torontonians—one-third, in fact—are overweight. More disturbing (except perhaps to a small but dedicated group of fetishists) is the fact that one in nine Torontonians is considered obese. In total, 40.4% of Torontonians are considered to be over their acceptable weight, based on the Body Mass Index, or BMI. You can calculate your own BMI here, but we warn you that the results will likely make you depressed, then scared, and then probably hungry.
The findings come from a report released yesterday by Statistics Canada called the Canadian Community Health Survey, a treasure-trove of information for people who just really love reliable health data, and graphs. And footnotes. The Sun story notes that roughly 42% of respondents in the City of Toronto health region described themselves as physically active, although it’s not known how many of those were lying to impress the people administering the survey.
The survey also noted that a surprisingly large number of Canadians (4.1 million, or 15% of Canadians aged 12 and over) did not have a regular medical doctor. In fact, 1 in 15 Canadians reported that they could not even find a regular doctor in 2007. Information about alcohol consumption and its health effects was not featured in the study, so Torontoist is just going to assume that having an extra beer or two after dinner is still totally cool.
Photo by füthart.


  • spacejack

    My BMI is perfect. I think I deserve a healthy tax break.

  • static416

    Mine is lower than expected, but still not as low as I’d like.
    What I find interesting is that alot of people who are overweight, don’t think they are overweight.

  • Gloria

    Huh. I wouldn’t place too much value in the BMI. Mine is numerically healthy, but when you see me climb a couple of flights of stairs, you’d fear for my life.

  • redjenny

    I dig that graphic

  • Acadie

    BMI is just a idiotic system with no merit to it. I am very tall and skinny and it tells me I am overweight. Like not sure how I can lose any fat when I have none, my wife laughs her ass off when I told her I was overweight when her and my doctor say I need to eat a lot more.

  • burnstoemerge

    I am very skeptical of the BMI system of measuring whether people are fat or not. I know that in a lot of circles, BMI is regarded as a sort of quasi-science and not taken that seriously.
    Many people are astonished by their BMI when it is calculated, particularly those who look visibly fit and work really hard to stay in shape. Or those who don’t take care of themselves at all.
    Most people know when they are overweight and don’t need a height-weight ratio to tell them that.

  • h

    If I recall my undergrad learning, the BMI is not a creation of the health and medical community. It was a creation of the insurance industry and based on a very small and minimally representative section of the population – predominately white, predominantly middle class insurance holders from NE USA. It should be looked at as a imprecise guide, not as a factual indicator of your health level.

  • spacejack

    I still think I deserve a tax break.

  • Svend

    BMI is good as a general guide, having a simply way to measure is important.
    Health is its own reward, but I still want a tax break as well.