Obesity statistics

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 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • almost one in three adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%)
  • a further 35% of adults were overweight but not obese
  • 47% of Māori adults were obese
  • 67% 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 32% in 2015/16

Child obesity statistics

The Annual Update of Key Results 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • one in nine children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (11%)
  • a further 21% 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 three 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 2015/16: New Zealand Health Survey.


* Adjusted for differences in age, sex and ethnicity.

Publications

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