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Percentage of overweight males (Regional)



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Which is Australia's fattest state? This FACT indicates the proportion of overweight and obese males in each Australian state/territory. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered as overweight, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, when their body mass index (BMI), an individual's body mass divided by the square of his height, exceeds 25 kg/m2 (BMI of 25.00). When BMI exceeds 30.00, a person is considered obese.

Obesity is a real problem in Australia, which is ranked as one of the fattest nations in the developed world. According to Monash University research, the obesity rate has risen by over 50 percent in the past 20 years.

The state with the highest population of overweight or obese males is Tasmania, at 74.1 percent. The state that scored the lowest is Western Australia, at 66.5 percent.

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Source: National Health Survey. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016

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