Obesity in Australia
The Australian Bureau of Statistics* (ABS) reports that:
- 61.3% of people aged 18 years or over are either overweight (BMI 25.00-29.99) or obese (BMI 30+).
- Only 36% of Australians are considered of ‘normal’ weight (BMI 18.50-24.99) and 2% of people are actually underweight (BMI 18.5 and under).
- The figures are even higher for some ethnic and age groups.
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st century is obesity. In Australia the number of people who are overweight or obesity has reached epidemic proportions∆.