Canada: Bigger Wallets = Bigger Waistlines

MONTREAL, May 17 (UPI) — In Canada, the more money a man has, the more likely he is to be overweight, but the same effect is not found among women, researchers found.

Nathalie Dumas, a graduate student of sociology at the University of Montreal, examined data from the 2004 Canadian Community Health Survey — information from some 7,000 adults ages 25-65.


“Many epidemiological studies have established that the odds of being overweight or obese decrease as family income increases,” Dumas said in a statement. “But we don’t know why this relationship is inverted for Canadian men. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, the richer they are, the fatter they are.”

The study found 23.1 percent of Canadian adults — 5.5 million adults — are obese.

Men with money increase their likelihood of being overweight with every extra dollar they make. However, women from rich households are less likely to be obese than women of middle or lower income.

“Since the 1980s, the greatest increase in obesity levels has been among rich Canadian and Korean men,” Dumas said. “We still can’t explain why.”

The findings were presented at the annual conference of the association francophone pour le savoir.

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