Overweight and obesity

Overweight people

2019
34.5 %
Gone up compared to 2014

Obese people

2019
16.6 %
compared to 2014

Description

Overweight and obesity are important characteristics to describe the health status of a population. Obesity is a risk factor for certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and joint and back problems.

A commonly used measure for classifying overweight and obesity in adults is the body mass index (BMI). It is defined as the ratio of body weight in kilograms to the square of height in metres. According to a WHO classification, adults are divided into underweight (BMI < 18.5), normal weight (18.5 to 24.9), overweight (25.0 to 29.9) and obese (BMI ≥ 30.0). It should be noted that self-reported body weight is often underestimated, whereas body height is overestimated.

The results come from the Austrian Health Interview Survey (ATHIS), which is carried out every six years starting in 2019 (previously 2006/07 and 2014).

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Highlights

Body Mass Index (BMI) 2006/07, 2014 and 2019 by sex – age standardised rates (table)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Health Interview Survey 2019, 2014 and 2006/07. Compiled on 14 July 2020. – Population in private households aged 15 years and more.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Health Interview Survey 2019. Compiled on 14 July 2020. – Population aged 15 years and more.

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