Health Reports, September 2012

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The September 2012 online issue of Health Reports contains two articles.

The first article "Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents: Results from the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey," uses measured height and weight data from the 2009 to 2011 Canadian Health Measures Survey to present population estimates of overweight and obesity among Canadian children and adolescents based on the World Health Organization cut-off values and compare them with the International Obesity Task Force thresholds.

For more information on this article, contact media relations at the Public Health Agency of Canada (613-941-8189).

The second article "Comparison of waist circumference using the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health protocols," compares waist circumference measured using the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) protocols to determine if the results differ significantly, and whether equations can be developed to allow comparison between waist circumference taken at the two different measurement sites. Valid waist circumference measurements using the WHO and NIH protocols were obtained for 6,306 respondents aged 3 to 79 from Cycle 2 of the Canadian Health Measures Survey.

For more information on this article, contact Shirley Bryan (613-951-4968;, Health Statistics Division.

The complete version of the latest issue of Health Reports, Vol. 23, no. 3 (Catalogue number82-003-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications. A print version (Catalogue number82-003-X, $24/$68) is also available.

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