Overview

Excess weight, especially obesity, is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers. As the level of excess weight increases, so does the risk of developing these conditions. In addition, being overweight can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions.

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Latest findings

Spending on meals out of home and fast food has risen over time

In 2017–18, 1 in 4 (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese

High use of leisure screen-based activities is associated with increased overweight and obesity in children

In 2017–18, 38% of adults in the lowest socioeconomic areas were obese, compared with 24% in the highest

2 in 3 (67%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017–18—36% were overweight but not obese and 31% were obese

Australia had the 6th highest proportion of overweight or obese people aged 15+ among 22 OECD member countries in 2019

More reports and statistics on overweight and obesity can be found under Food & nutrition and Physical activity.