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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03-Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2015

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termProgress measure
Short name:Help on this termPI 03-Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2015
METeOR identifier:Help on this term559062
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/07/2016
Description:Help on this termPrevalence of overweight and obesity in adults and children.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2015) Health, Superseded 08/07/2016
Outcome area:Help on this termPrevention Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: PI 03-Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2015 QS Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

Collection and usage attributes

Computation description:Help on this term

Body Mass Index (BMI) is calculated as weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of height (in metres).

For adults, obesity is defined as a BMI of greater than or equal to 30.00 and overweight is defined as a BMI of 25.00–29.99.

For children, obesity is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be 30.00 or more at age 18 years, and overweight is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be 25.00–29.99 at age 18 years, based on centile curves. See ABS National Health Survey: Users' Guide Electronic Publication, 2007–08 (ABS Catalogue no. 4363.0.55.001) for BMI values.

Rates are directly age-standardised to the 2001 Australian population.

Excludes pregnant women where identified and people with an unknown BMI.

Analysis by remoteness and Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented as a percentage.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.

Computation:Help on this term

100 × (Numerator ÷ Denominator)

Calculated separately for adults and children.

Numerator:Help on this term

Adults: Number of persons aged 18 years or over who are obese or overweight.

Children: Number of persons aged 5–17 years who are obese or overweight.

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Adult—Body Mass Index
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Child—Body Mass Index
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Adult—Body Mass Index
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Child—Body Mass Index
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this term

Adults: Population aged 18 years or over

Children: Population aged 5–17 years

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation:Help on this term

2011–12 (previously supplied)—For each of adults and children, state and territory, by:

  • sex by age (adults only)   
  • Indigenous status (non-Indigenous only)
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Remoteness Structure)
  • 2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles
  • BMI category (underweight, normal, overweight, obese)
  • disability status

2011–12 (previously supplied)—For adults, nationally, by:

  • sex by remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure)
  • 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles
  • remoteness (ASGS Remoteness Structure) by 2011 SEIFA IRSD deciles.

2011–13 (updated for full AATSIHS)—For each of adults and children, state and territory, by:

  • Indigenous status (Indigenous only)

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—area of usual residence
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA of residence
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—sex
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—area of usual residence
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness and SEIFA of residence
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—age
Data Source
ABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—Indigenous status
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—disability status
Data Source
ABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2015 National Healthcare Agreement (NHA) performance reporting: 2011–12 (total population, non-Indigenous: AHS); 2012–13 (Indigenous only: AATSIHS).

2011–13 data are based on measured height and weight. BMI derived from measured height and weight is preferable to that derived from self-reported height and weight.

2004–05 data are based on self-reported height and weight and are not comparable to 2011–13 data.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termN[N].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termHealth behaviours

Bio-medical factors

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceABS Australian Health Survey (AHS), 2011-13 (2011-12 Core component)
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS), 2012-13 (Core component)
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Benchmark:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement: PB d-Better health: by 2018, increase by five percentage points the proportion of Australian adults and children at a healthy body weight, over the 2009 baseline, 2015

NPA on Preventive Health

15(a): Increase in proportion of children at unhealthy weight held at less than five per cent from baseline for each state by 2013; proportion of children at healthy weight returned to baseline levels by 2015.

15(d): Increase in proportion of adults at unhealthy weight held at less than five per cent from baseline for each state by 2013; proportion of adults at healthy weight returned to baseline levels by 2015.

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

Specification: Final, the measure meets the intention of the indicator.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PB d-Better health: by 2018, increase by five percentage points the proportion of Australian adults and children at a healthy body weight, over the 2009 baseline, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03-Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2014 Health, Superseded 14/01/2015

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03–Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2016 Health, Superseded 31/01/2017

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 04-Rates of current daily smokers, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 05-Levels of risky alcohol consumption, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 16-Potentially avoidable deaths, 2015 Health, Superseded 08/07/2016

See also National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 05—Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2016 Indigenous, Archived 01/07/2016

See also National Indigenous Reform Agreement: PI 05—Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2017 Indigenous, Archived 06/06/2017

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