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Overweight and obesity statistics

Overweight
In 2011/12, five million Australians aged 18 and over were
overweight (BMI of 25.0kg/m
2
to 29.9kg/m
2
). This accounts
for more than a third (35%) of adult Australians.

Just over
three million Australian men were overweight, or 42% of all
males aged 18 and over.

Close to two million Australian
women were overweight, or approximately 28% of all females
aged 18 and over.

% Overweight by age and gender
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Change in overweight status over time
Compared to 1995, the proportion of Australians that were
overweight in 2012 has fallen by 6%.

% Overweight by time period
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Obesity
In 2011/12, more than one in four adult Australians were
obese.

This represents almost four million Australians aged
18 and over (BMI of 30.0kg/m
2
or more). Just over 2 million
Australian men were obese, or approximately 28% of all
males aged 18 and over.

Close to 2 million Australian women
were obese, or approximately 28% of all females aged 18 and
over.
% Obesity by age and gender
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Change in obesity status over time
Compared to 1995, the proportion of Australians that are
obese in 2012 has increased by 47%.
% Obesity by time period
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Socio-demographic status
In 2011/12, Australians living in regional/remote locations
and those in the highest disadvantaged group were
significantly more likely to be overweight/obese.

Being Australian born, having English as the main language
spoken at home and being employed also significantly
increased the likelihood of being overweight/obese.

% Overweight/obesity by socio-demographic status
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Location
In 2011/12, the prevalence of overweight/obesity in adult
Australians was lowest in VIC and NSW. Prevalence of
overweight/obesity was highest in SA.



% Overweight/obese by state/territory
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Attitudes towards weight
Over half (55.7%) of Australians are trying to lose weight.
Only 30% of Australians who are obese (based on their
BMI) described their weight status as obese. Furthermore,
only one in three obese people are concerned about their
weight.
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References
1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey 2011/12
(4364.0)
2. Heart Foundation. Relevance Survey 2011
2012 National Heart Foundation of Australia ABN 98 008 419 761
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