Obesity statistics

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

Adult obesity statistics

The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that:

  • around 1 in 3 adults (aged 15 years and over) were obese (32%)
  • a further 34% of adults were overweight but not obese
  • 50% of Māori adults were obese
  • 69% of Pacific adults were obese
  • adults living in the most deprived areas were 1.5 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 2016/17.

Child obesity statistics

The New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17 found that:

  • around 1 in 8 children (aged 2–14 years) were obese (12%)
  • a further 21% were children were overweight but not obese
  • 18% of Māori children were obese
  • 29% of Pacific children were obese
  • children living in the most deprived areas were 2.5 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 12% in 2016/17.

For more information refer to the Annual Data Explorer: New Zealand Health Survey 2016/17.


* Adjusted for differences in age, sex and ethnicity.

Publications

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