Australian Bureau of Statistics
4724.0.55.003 - Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Males, 2004-05
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BODY MASS INDEX
About half (52%) of Indigenous males aged 15 to 24 years were in the normal body range, while a quarter (or 25%) were considered to be overweight. Almost one in ten (9%) were found to be underweight, the highest proportion out of all the age groups. Almost one in four (24%) of Indigenous males aged 55 years and over had a normal BMI rating, while 39% were considered overweight and a further 39% were obese.
After adjusting for age differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population, Indigenous men were twice likely to be classified as underweight. Indigenous men were also twice as likely to be obese than non-Indigenous men.
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This page last updated 21 December 2009