How many people are overweight or obese?

Use the interactive graphs to explore the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

Children and adolescents

In 2014–15, about 1 in 4 (26%) Australian children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese. That’s around 1.2 million children and adolescents (ABS 2015). About 1 in 6 (18%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight but not obese, while about 1 in 13 (8%) were obese.

One in 5 (20%) boys aged 2–17 were overweight but not obese, while 7% were obese. Among girls of the same age, around 1 in 6 (16%) were overweight but not obese and 9% were obese.

Adults

In 2014–15, almost two-thirds (63%) of Australians aged 18 and over were overweight or obese. Put another way, approximately 11.2 million adults were overweight or obese (ABS 2015). About 1 in 3 (36%) adults were overweight but not obese, while about 1 in 4 (28%) were obese.

While more men than women were overweight but not obese (42% compared with 29%), similar proportions of men and women were obese (28% of men and 27% of women).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

In 2012–13, nearly 1 in 3 (30%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian children and adolescents aged 2–14 were overweight or obese. One in 5 (20%) Indigenous children and adolescents aged 2–14 were overweight but not obese, while 1 in 10 (10%) were obese.

At age 15–17, 35% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian adolescents were overweight or obese. About 1 in 5 (21%) Indigenous adolescents aged 15–17 were overweight but not obese, while about 1 in 7 (14%) were obese.

Among Indigenous boys, 18% were overweight but not obese and 10% were obese at age 2–14, while 21% were overweight but not obese and 17% were obese at age 15–17. Among Indigenous girls, 21% were overweight but not obese and 11% were obese at both age 2–14 and age 15–17.

In 2012–13, more than two-thirds (69%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians aged 18 and over were overweight or obese. Put another way, approximately 215,000 Indigenous adults were overweight or obese (ABS 2014). About 1 in 3 (29%) Indigenous adults were overweight but not obese, while 40% were obese.

While more Indigenous men than Indigenous women were overweight but not obese (32% compared with 27%), more Indigenous women than Indigenous men were obese (43% compared with 36%).

For more information, see A picture of overweight and obesity in Australia.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2014. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey: updated results, 2012–13. ABS cat no. 4727.0.55.006. Canberra: ABS.

ABS 2015. National Health Survey: first results, 2014–15. ABS cat no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.