Obesity data and stats

This page provides introductory statistics about obesity in New Zealand as well as links to statistical publications.

Adult obesity statistics

The Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • almost one in three adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (31%)
  • a further 35% of adults were overweight but not obese
  • 47% of Māori adults were obese
  • 66% of Pacific adults were obese
  • adults living in the most deprived areas were 1.7 times as likely to be obese as adults living in the least deprived areas*
  • the adult obesity rate increased from 27% in 2006/07 to 31% in 2014/15

Child obesity statistics

The Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • one in nine children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (11%)
  • a further 22% were children were overweight but not obese
  • 15% of Māori children were obese
  • 30% of Pacific children were obese
  • children living in the most deprived areas were five times as likely to be obese as children living in the least deprived areas*
  • the child obesity rate increased from 8% in 2006/07 to 11% in 2014/15.

For more information refer to the Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey


* Adjusted for differences in age, sex and ethnicity.

Publications

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