Health – CBC News
Obesity is set to overtake smoking as the most common risk factor for heart disease in Canada next year, a new study suggests. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in this country, killing more than 70,000 people a year. The study in Tuesday’s issue of CMAJ Open used a new model to estimate cardiovascular risk based on the lives of 22.5 million simulated Canadians aged 20 years and older. “The most interesting finding for us is this idea that obesity looks like it’s going to continue to increase and smoking looks like it’s going to continue to decrease. That’s going to play out in heart disease,” lead author Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, said in an interview.
Is obesity more of a marker of problems in broader society than a risk factor? (Howie McCormick/Associated Press)