Body Mass Index (BMI) classified as overweight or obese (PI12)

This indicator is the proportion of Indigenous regular clients aged 25 and over who had their Body Mass Index (BMI) classified as overweight or obese within the previous 24 months.

It is collected for males and females in age groups:

  • 25–34
  • 35–44
  • 45–54
  • 55–64
  • 65 and over.

Why not being overweight or obese is important

Excess weight is a major risk factor for many diseases, such as 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 or obese can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions.

Indigenous Australians are more likely to be overweight or obese than non-Indigenous Australians (AIHW 2020). The proportion of Indigenous Australians who are overweight or obese has increased.

At June 2020, 72% of Indigenous regular clients aged 25 and over had their BMI classified as overweight or obese within the previous 24 months:

  • 27% as overweight
  • 45% as obese.

BMI classified as overweight or obese, by reporting period

This data visualisation shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 25 and over who had their BMI classified as overweight or obese in the last 2 years by BMI (overweight, obese) and reporting period (June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018, June 2019, December 2019, June 2020).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

This was lowest in:

  • the Northern Territory (63%)
  • Very remote areas (66%)
  • organisations other than Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (non-ACCHOs) (67%).

It was highest in:

  • New South Wales/the Australian Capital Territory (combined) and Queensland (76%)
  • Inner regional areas (77%)
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) (73%).

BMI classified as overweight or obese, by either state/territory, remoteness or organisation type, reporting period

Two data visualisations are presented here. The first shows the percentage of Indigenous regular clients aged 25 and over who had their BMI classified as overweight or obese in the last 2 years by BMI (overweight, obese) for either:

  • state/territory (NSW/ACT, Vic, Qld, WA, SA, Tas, NT, Australia)
  • remoteness area (Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, Very remote, Australia)
  • organisation type (ACCHO, non-ACCHO, Total).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018, June 2019, December 2019, or June 2020 can be selected.

The second visualisation shows the selected information from the first visualisation by sex (male, female) and age group (25–34, 35–44, 45–54, 55–64, 65+).

Data supporting this visualisation are available in Excel supplementary data tables at Data.

Reference

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2020. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework. Canberra: AIHW