Obesity

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

Please contact us at info@stats.govt.nz if you have any questions.

Why is this important for social statistics?

We measure obesity rates because of the effect obesity has on health. Obesity is linked to a long list of health conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. It is a leading cause of health loss, accounting for approximately 9% of all illness, disability, and premature mortality in 2013 (Ministry of Health 2016).

This indicator measures the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over who are obese. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (or equivalent for those under 18 years). In New Zealand BMI is obtained using measured height and weight (Ministry of Health 2016), whereas some countries use self-reported values. It is most appropriate to compare countries that use the same method.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Obesity – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 24kb)

Includes breakdowns by age group, ethnic group, sex, and OECD country.

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