Healthy Living Report

Women and healthy living in Canada

A sex- and gender-based analysis

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada examines the sex, gender,
diversity and equity dimensions of healthy living among women in Canada by
conducting a sex- and gender-based analysis of the healthy living discourse, key healthy living topics and selected healthy living strategies.

In-depth information

This report extends the boundaries of healthy living beyond discussions of
body weights, eating well and physical activity by describing what is known about
these topics and several others that are critical to women's wellbeing, including food
insecurity, injuries and gender-based violence.

Our sex- and gender-based analysis reveals that women's practices of and opportunities for healthy living vary by:

  • age
  • place of residence
  • income
  • educational level
  • Aboriginal identity

Gender-sensitive interventions may overcome some of the limitations of current healthy living policies and improve their ability to enhance women's health in Canada.

Download the final report

Rethinking Women and Healthy Living in Canada [PDF - 2.9 MB]
A. Pederson, M. J. Haworth-Brockman, B. Clow, H. Isfeld, A. Liwander (2013)