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, 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 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. It is estimated that over one third of the overall disease burden experienced by Indigenous Australians could be prevented by removing exposure to risk factors such as high body mass (AIHW 2016).

At June 2019, 71% of Indigenous regular clients aged 25 and over had their BMI classified as overweight or obese within the previous 24 months:

  • 27% as overweight
  • 44% as obese.

BMI classified as overweight or obese, by reporting period

This Tableau 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 and June 2019).

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

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This was lowest in:

  • the Northern Territory (62%)
  • Very remote areas (66%).

It was highest in:

  • New South Wales/the Australian Capital Territory (combined, 75%)
  • Major cities and Inner regional areas (both 75%).

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

Two Tableau 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).

Reporting periods of either June 2017, December 2017, June 2018, December 2018 or June 2019 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.

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Reference

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2016. Australian Burden of Disease Study: Impact and causes of illness and death in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2011. Australian Burden of Disease Study series no. 6. Cat. no. BOD 7. Canberra: AIHW.