Obesity data and stats

This page provides introductory statistics about obesity in New Zealand as it affects adults and children, as well as links to statistical publications.

Adult obesity statistics

The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • almost 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (31%), a further 34% were overweight
  • 48% of Māori adults were obese
  • 68% of Pacific adults were obese
  • there has been an increase in obesity in males from 17% in 1997 to 30% in 2012/13
  • there has been an increase in obesity in females from 21% in 1997 to 32% in 2012/13.

Child obesity statistics

The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • 1 in 9 children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (11%)
  • a further 1 in 5 children were overweight (22%)
  • 19% of Māori children were obese
  • 27% of Pacific children were obese
  • children living in the most deprived areas were 3 times as likely to be obese as children living in the least deprived areas. This finding is not explained by differences in the sex, age or ethnic composition of the child population across areas of high and low deprivation
  • the childhood obesity rate has increased from 8% in 2006/07 to 11% in 2012/13.

For more obesity statistics, refer to the New Zealand Health Survey: Annual update of key findings 2012/13.

Publications

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