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Percentage of obese 18-24 year olds



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Which Australian city has the fattest 18-24 year olds? Obesity and being overweight is a serious health problem in Australia, which is classified as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. The phenomenon has been described as an 'epidemic' because of how quickly Australian waistlines have expanded and thereby increased the chance and frequency of weight-related illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30.00 and above is considered obese by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

This FACT indicates the proportion of people who have a BMI of 30.00 and over, and are thus classified as obese. The city with the highest proportion of 18-24 year olds who are classified as obese is Perth, with 23.6 percent of the population, 4.7 percent higher than Brisbane, which came second highest. However, it is worth noting that estimates for Canberra and Darwin have a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be considered with caution. The data here represent figures for the years 2011 to 2012.


Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012

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