A study published in American Journal of Hypertension states that about seventy percent of adults living in Ontario are either overweight or obese. Researchers who conducted the study says that Ontarians tends have high blood pressure leading to increased heart risk.

Claiming it as the first comprehensive assessment of high blood pressure in Canada since 1992, the study leader Frans Leenen of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute says the findings are the latest analysis from the Ontario Survey on the Prevalence and Control of Hypertension.

Conducted by the Heart Institute with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, the project examined 2,552 Ontarians aged between 20 and 79. Leenen said in a statement that obesity was rapidly increasing in Ontario leading to problems such as diabetes and adverse cardiovascular health among Ontarians. Awareness generation and public health strategies needed strengthening.

Detailed finings can be found in the American Journal of Hypertension.