Overview

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 can hamper the ability to control or manage chronic conditions.

More reports and statistics on overweight & obesity can be found under Food & nutrition and Physical activity.

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Latest findings

In 2017–18, 1 in 4 (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese

In 2011–12, discretionary food contributed towards 39% of daily energy intake in those aged 2–18

High use of leisure screen-based activities is associated with increased overweight and obesity in children

2 in 3 (67%) adults were overweight or obese in 2017–18—36% were overweight but not obese and 31% were obese

One in four (25%) children and adolescents aged 2–17 were overweight or obese in 2017–18

60% of men and 66% of women in 2017–18 had a waist circumference that indicated a high risk of metabolic complications

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