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Large-for-Gestational Age (LGA)

The number of live births with a birth weight above the ninetieth percentile of birth weights for their gestational age and sex, per 100 live births

Leisure Time Activity Level

This variable is a measure of the average daily energy expended during leisure time activities by the respondent in the past three months.

Energy Expenditure (EE) is calculated using the frequency and duration per session of the physical activity as well as the MET value of the activity. The MET is a value of metabolic energy cost expressed as a multiple of the resting metabolic rate.

(CCHS Derived Variable document 2009/10)

Life Expectancy

The average length of time that an individual will live if subjected to the mortality experience for the specified population and time period.

Limitations of Survey Data

Self-reported survey data is valuable because it assesses behaviours in the population, data not usually collected elsewhere, but it is not the most reliable source of health data.  People are not always aware of or truthful about their health behaviours, their height and their weight when asked in a survey.

Low Birth Weight Rate

The number of live births with a birth weight of less than 2,500 grams, per 100 live births.

Low Income Cut-Off

Low income cut‐offs (LICOs) are income thresholds, determined by analyzing trends in family spending. Values below the low income cut-off indicate that individuals or families may be devoting a larger share of income than the average family on the necessities of food, shelter and clothing. The LICO is reported based on after-tax income.

Low Risk Drinking Guidelines

Canada's Low Risk Drinking Guidelines indicate no more than 2 standard drinks on any one day for women and no more than 3 standard drinks on any one day for men with a maximum of 10 and 15 standard drinks a week for women and men, respectively. A couple of days with no alcohol drinking should be taken each week. (http://www.ccsa.ca/Eng/topics/alcohol/drinking-guidelines/Pages/default.aspx)