About Obesity

One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children live with clinical obesity, meaning six million Canadians living with obesity may require immediate support in managing and controlling their weight.?Support from health care professionals can help you achieve clinically significant and maintained weight loss.

What is obesity?
Obesity is characterized by excess body fat that can threaten or affect an individual’s health. Complex and multifactorial in nature, obesity is influenced by physiological, psychological, environmental, socioeconomic, and genetic factors.

Is obesity a disease?
Obesity is recognized as a chronic disease by leading medical organizations, including the Canadian Medical Association and the World Health Organization.

Obesity increases your risk of developing many weight-related health conditions, including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Pre-diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Some cancers
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arthritis
  • Sleep apnea (difficulties breathing when sleeping)


This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.