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Evan Green at 13:39:03
Thanks for your questions. We collected measured height and weight data from Canadians, aged 3 to 79 not living on reserve. We do ask respondents to self-identify as Aboriginal, however we have not analysed results at that level.
Ben Leber at 13:46:03
Thank you for the question. The Canadian Health Measures Survey is designed to provide nationally representative data. The Canadian Community Health Survey on Chronic Conditions has data on self-reported COPD at a provincial or health region level.
Janine Clarke at 13:46:42
We compared measured and self-reported data for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and for blood pressure, and saw differences in each.
11% of Canadian adults (35 years and older) had a spirometry result consistent with COPD, but only 3% self-reported the condition.
Among adults (20 to 79 years) with measured high blood pressure, 16% were unaware of (did not self-report) the condition.
Janine Clarke at 13:48:48
Hi Ling Liu, the FeNO data was released with the rest of the clinic data yesterday!
Evan Green at 13:49:42
You're quite welcome, Elsie!
The CHMS had only collected data in the ten provinces. For more information about the sampling strategy, consult the Data sources and methodology section of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), or you can take a look at our user guide. To access it, please contact STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca.
Ben Leber at 13:53:37
Self-reported COPD was determined from the health care questionnaire administered at the dwelling of the individual. The respondents were asked whether they had been diagnosed by a health care professional. The numbers showed 3% (572,067 of total population) self-reported a diagnosis of COPD.
Measured COPD was determined at the Mobile Examination Centre which travels across Canada conducting physical measures. COPD was measured using spirometry and the lower limit of normal for COPD guidelines. A total of 11% or 1,827,036 of the total population measured within the COPD guidelines.
Janine Clarke at 13:56:30
Statistics Canada is only responsible for the collection and dissemination of the data, but the data is available to our share partners - Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada - as of yesterday. I unfortunately do not know what they have planned.
Thank you for your question. The design and implementation of new policies is within the mandate of policy departments, such as Health Canada or the Public Health Agency of Canada. Statistics Canada provides statistics that help to inform such decisions. You may wish to contact those departments directly for more informaton on that request.
Joel Roy at 14:18:26
Thank you for your question. The CHMS did not establish a direct correlation between obesity and cancer based on the data collected. However, the references in the release (Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada) show that excess weight is linked to an increased risk of kidney, colorectal and pancreatic cancer.
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Janine Clarke at 14:19:56
Hi, thanks for your question!
We do collect data from both urban and rural residents, but we don't include this information on our data file to determine urban or rural status, and therefore cannot do that type of analysis. I believe this type of comparison can be done using the Canadian Community Health Survey data, which has a much larger sample size from more areas around the country compared to the CHMS.
Evan Green at 14:27:35
Thanks for your question fanofstats!
We do collect measured height and weight information to calculate BMI for 3- and 4-year-olds, however they were not included for this fact sheet. The data are available and statistics on these individuals could definitely be published in the future.
Evan Green at 14:32:34
Thanks for your question. For adults, the BMI cutoff for overweight is 25 to 29.99 kg/m&³2;, and for obese it is 30 kg/m&³2; and above. For children and youth, there aren't specific values because the groupings are based on the World Health Organization (WHO) BMI-for-age growth references.
Joel Roy at 14:37:23
Unfortunately, the CHMS design does not allow the results to be analyzed below the national level. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), another health survey conducted by Statistics Canada, is based on a larger sample, allowing analysis at a provincial or health region level.
Janine Clarke at 14:44:38
Hi macdon2, thanks for your question.
We collect a lot of information related to various diseases and disabilities, some of which are self-identified through questionnaires, and some can be determined through analysis of direct measures. In cycle 3, we have a section on chronic conditions at the household level, but most of these questions are simply yes/no responses to the diagnosis of various conditions. We do ask detailed information on hearing abilities and also have measured otoscopy, audiometry, tympanometry, and otoacoustic emissions that will be available in March 2015.
Previous and future cycles of the CHMS have a series of questions related to mobility, vision, hearing, and pain in a section called the Health Utility Index.
If you want to know more, you can obtain a copy of our Content Summary document and/or copies of the questionnaires from cycles 1 to 4 by contacting STATCAN.infostats-infostats.STATCAN@canada.ca.