Body mass index, overweight or obese, self-reported, youth, by sex (Percent)
|Total, 12 to 17 years||20.4||21.8||20.7||23.1|
|Note: Body mass index (BMI) for youths is different from that of adults as they are still maturing. This indicator classifies children aged 12 to 17 (except female respondents aged 15 to 17 who were pregnant or did not answer the pregnancy question) as "obese" or "overweight" according to the age- and sex-specific BMI cut-off points as defined by Cole and others. The Cole cut-off points have been applied to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) since 2005 and are based on pooled international data (Brazil, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Singapore and United States) for BMI and linked to the internationally accepted adult BMI cut-off points of 25 (overweight) and 30 (obese). |
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM, table 105-0501 and Catalogue no. 82-221-X.
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