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Body Mass Index

The proportion of people that are overweight or obese within a population can be determined by calculating each individual's Body Mass Index (BMI) score (from reported information on height and weight) and then grouping people into BMI categories.

Just under one-third (31%) of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over were recorded as being in the normal or healthy weight range in 2004–05. A further 23% were classified as being overweight and 24% were classified as obese.

After adjusting for age differences and non-response the data reveals that Indigenous Australians were 1.2 times more likely to be overweight/obese than non-Indigenous Australians. The disparity between overweight/obese Indigenous and non-Indigenous people was more pronounced in females.


Overweight/Obese by Indigenous status and sex, 2004–05
Age group (years)
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
MALES
15–24
31
27
25–34
56
58
35–44
61
66
45–54
64
66
55 and over
63
61
FEMALES
15–24
26
21
25–34
46
35
35–44
50
38
45–54
56
45
55 and over
56
47
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).



Overweight/Obese, Males2004–05

Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


Overweight/Obese, Females2004–05

Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).



Further Information: See National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)


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