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Obesity is a growing and chronic
condition that effects one in four adults and one in ten children, meaning
there are over six million Canadians living with obesity. Obesity is a leading
cause of type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, strokes, as
well as heart conditions that effect the person with obesity, their families,
our government, as well as you. Obese people are discriminated on the same way
as racism, and is just as common. The stigma against obese people can be linked
to unemployment, education, as well as health care because of the thought that
obese people are lazy or lacking self-discipline. Not only does obesity in Canada
effect the people suffering with this condition it affects you, as well as any
individual paying taxes in Canada. In a 2010 report the cost of healthcare for
obese people is estimated to be over 6 billion dollars or 4.1 % of our
healthcare budget and this is just how much is spent on healthcare and doesn’t weigh
in how much is lost on productivity loss or psychological costs.

In Canada the Obesity rate is
steadily climbing, in fact according to a report done by CBC the rate has tripled
in the past 30 years, this means that rates went from 6% in 1985 to a whopping
18% by 2011 and is predicted to reach 21% by 2019. Obesity is currently
effecting one in ten children and one in four adults in Canada, meaning six
billion men, women, and children are currently suffering from this condition.
In fact you may also be suffering from obesity. According to a report done by
Huffington Post if you are 5’4″ and weigh over 175 pounds you are considered
obese, and anyone over 6 feet tall who are heavier than 220 pounds

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are obese as well. Although the statistics are high, this doesn’t
include every province and territory. This is because provinces like British
Columbia (16.0%) and Quebec (18.2%) have a significantly lower percentage
compared to provinces and territories like Newfoundland and Labrador (30.4%) or
Northwest Territories (33.7%) who have a significantly higher percentage that
brings the overall percentage up. These high rates among these provinces are
due to a lack of food security meaning their access to a nutritious meal or
affordable meals, usually resulting in a high demand for fast food.

            People with
obesity commonly receive a stigma against their weight, this can occur in a
range of settings, for example in an employment setting. Studies have found
that if a resume contains a picture or video of someone overweight it is more
likely to be rated lower and less likely to be up for hire. It’s also recorded
that overweight employees are said to be lazier, sloppier, and bad role models.
Also obese employees might not be paid as much as someone with the same job and
may suffer from wage penalties. They are also less likely to be promoted
compared to someone with a thinner body. In a school setting someone with
obesity is more likely to be made fun of and might receive a negative attitude
from their teachers because of the thought that overweight people are lazy and don’t
know self-discipline. It’s also said that in a college level education someone
with obesity (mostly females) are less likely to be accepted than someone who
is thinner. In a medical setting it is said that someone suffering with obesity
might receive a bad attitude from their doctors, physician’s etc. because of
the perception that they are unintelligent and not pleasant to be around, this
stigma is leading to people suffering with obesity to avoid medical attention
due to the fear of being looked down on. These stigmas

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are very wrong and are hurting the people around you who are
desperate for help but can’t receive it.