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National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03–Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2021

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, 2021
METeOR identifier:Help on this term725824
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 03/07/2020
Description:Help on this term

Prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults and children.

Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2021) Health, Standardisation pending 03/08/2020
Outcome area:Help on this termPrevention Health, Standard 07/07/2010

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, underweight is defined as a BMI less than 18.5, normal is defined as a BMI of 18.5 to less than 25.0, overweight is defined as a BMI of 25.0 to less than 30.0 and obese is defined as a BMI of greater than or equal to 30.0.

For children, underweight is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be less than 18.5 at age 18, normal is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be 18.5 to less than 25.0 at age 18, overweight is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be 25.0 to less than 30.0 at age 18 and obese is defined as a BMI (appropriate for age and sex) that is likely to be greater than or equal to 30.0 at age 18, based on centile curves. See Appendix 4: Classification of BMI for children in Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2017–18 (ABS cat. no. 4363.0.55.001) (ABS 2019c) for BMI values.

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

Excludes pregnant women where identified. For people who did not have their height or weight measured, height and weight were imputed (see comments below for more details).

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 and over who are overweight or obese.

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

Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Adult—Body Mass Index


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Child—Body Mass Index


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Adult—Body Mass Index


Data Source
ABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Child—Body Mass Index


Data Source
ABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Denominator:Help on this term

Adults: Population aged 18 and over

Children: Population aged 5–17

Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—age


Data Source
ABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Disaggregation:Help on this term

For each of adults and children, state and territory, by:

  • sex by age (adults only) (not reported)
  • Indigenous status
  • remoteness (Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2016 Remoteness Structure)
  • 2016 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles (not reported)
  • BMI category (underweight, normal, overweight, obese)
  • disability status (not reported)

For adults, nationally, by (all not reported):

  • sex by remoteness (ASGS 2016 Remoteness Structure)
  • 2016 SEIFA IRSD deciles
  • remoteness (ASGS 2016 Remoteness Structure) by 2016 SEIFA IRSD deciles.

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 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
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 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—sex


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—area of usual residence


Data Source
ABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
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 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—Indigenous status


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Data Element / Data SetData Element

Person—disability status


Data Source
ABS 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use

Data source type: Survey


Comments:Help on this term

Most recent data available for 2021 National Healthcare Agreement performance reporting: 2017–18 (total population, non-Indigenous: NHS); 2018–19 (Indigenous only: NATSIHS).

NO NEW DATA FOR 2021 REPORTING.

Data are based on measured height and weight, though respondents were also asked to self-report their height and weight. BMI derived from measured height and weight is preferable to that derived from self-reported height and weight.

In the 2017–18 NHS, 33.8% of respondents aged 18 years and over did not have their height or weight measured. For these people, height and weight were imputed using a range of information including their self-reported height and weight. For more information see Appendix 2: Physical measurements in the 2017–18 National Health Survey in National Health Survey: First results, 2017–18 (ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001) (ABS 2019b).

In the 2018–19 NATSIHS, 55.8% of respondents aged 18 years and over did not have their height or weight measured. For these people, height and weight were imputed using a range of information including their self-reported height and weight. For more information see Explanatory notes in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018–19 (ABS cat. no. 4715.0) (ABS 2019a).

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 term

N[NN].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 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS)
Frequency
Every 3 years
Data custodian

Australian Bureau of Statistics



Data SourceABS 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Data custodian

Australian Bureau of Statistics


Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this term

National Healthcare Agreement

Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Benchmark:Help on this term

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, 2021

 

Further data development / collection required:Help on this term

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

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019a. National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2018–19, ABS cat. no. 4715.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 7 May 2030, https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4715.0
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ABS 2019b. National Health Survey: First Results, 2017–18, ABS cat. no. 4364.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 7 May 2020, https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4364.0.55.001
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ABS 2019c. National Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2017–18, ABS cat. no. 4363.0. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 7 May 2020, https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4363.0
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Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 1.2.1–Rates of current daily smokers, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 1.2.3–Levels of risky alcohol consumption, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 1.3.1–Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

See also Australian Health Performance Framework: PI 2.1.6–Potentially avoidable deaths, 2019 Health, Standard 09/04/2020

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, 2021 Health, Standard 03/07/2020

Supersedes National Healthcare Agreement: PI 03–Prevalence of overweight and obesity, 2020 Health, Standard 13/03/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 04–Rates of current daily smokers, 2021 Health, Standard 03/07/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 05–Levels of risky alcohol consumption, 2021 Health, Standard 03/07/2020

See also National Healthcare Agreement: PI 16–Potentially avoidable deaths, 2021 Health, Standard 03/07/2020

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