Obesity has emerged as a major concern for the world since the past few years, with major health consequences related to the condition, making it worse. Childhood obesity is turning out to be a more common.
Findings in a recent research, which is highlighting the surprising and irregular gender variation in the country’s childhood obesity rates, subjected that in case of Canada, young boys are three times at higher the risk of being categorized under obese, in comparison to the girls.
The study, carried out between 2009 and 2011, included 2,123 children and adolescents, aged between five and 17, whose heights and weight were measured.
Recent Statistics Canada report emphasized that boys ageing five to 11, 19.5% of them were obese, in comparison to 6.3% of girls belonging to the same age group.
Dr. Katherine Morrison, from McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, Ont, said, “Experts say that it's long been recognized that obesity tends to occur in higher rates in boys than girls, but certainly not as in-your-face as those numbers are”.
She further asserted that she has never before came across such a huge difference between obesity rates depending on the gender dissimilarity.
Although, there has been a significant change in figures, researchers suggest that further studies need to be done to ascertain that the rate is lowered or not.
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