May 29, 2014 9:39 pm

WATCH: Statistics show Kelowna has lowest obesity level


According to a study released by Statistics Canada on Obesity across the country, numbers indicate Kelowna is the healthiest of the bunch.

The three lowest obesity rates were all found in southern British Columbia, with Kelowna having the lowest rate at 17 percent. Vancouver (17.4 percent) and Victoria (19.6 percent) are close behind.
Stats Canada figures show that in 2011-2012, B.C. had the smallest indicator of the disease at 20.4 percent, which was smaller than the national average of 24.8 percent.

Meanwhile, Saint John, New Brunswick is at the opposite end with the highest obesity level in Canada at 38.1 percent.

Local Resident Kevin Anderson says it’s all about the climate and lifestyle in Kelowna.

“People are able to get outdoors. They are able to cycle, walk, and run in most months of the year. Generally speaking, the people here make good use of their leisure time. Whereas in a lot of other cities, it takes so much time to get to and from work that most of your day is eaten up. Because of the lifestyle here, you have excess free time which you can use for leisure”.

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