Which Australian state is in the best shape? Obesity and being overweight is a real problem in Australia, which is classified as one of the fattest nations in the world. The phenomenon is often reffered to as an epidemic, which is apt when you consider the increasing frequency and severity of weight-related illnesses in the country. As such, the percentage of those who fall within a normal weight range is lower than desired. Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25.00 and above is considered overweight by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This FACT indicates the proportion of people within a normal weight range for their gender and body type (BMI of 24.99 and under).
The state with the highest proportion of people who weigh within the normal weight range is Western Australia, at 39.5 percent. The state with the lowest is Tasmania, at 32 percent.