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An interactive insight into overweight and obesity in Australia

24 Nov 2017

Overweight and obesity is a major public health issue and among the leading risk factors to ill-health in Australia. This web report provides interactive data displays on the prevalence of overweight and obesity, differences in the prevalence between certain population groups and what is happening over time.

Key points:

  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) of adults were overweight or obese in 2014–15; the proportion who are obese increased over time
  • One-quarter (26%) of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2014-2015.
  • Adults in 2014–15 were more likely to be obese than those of the same age 20 years earlier at all but 1 age
  • At age 18–21, 15% of those born from 1994–1997 were obese compared with 8% of those born from 1974–1977.
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