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Overweight and obesity – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a snapshot, 2004-05

Posted on: 24 December, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 4, October 2008 - December 2008
Related to Nutrition Physical activity Alcohol use Tobacco use

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2008)
Overweight and obesity – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a snapshot, 2004-05. (ABS Catalogue no. 4722.0.55.006)
Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

This ‘snapshot’ provides information on overweight and obesity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from data collected in the 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health survey (NATSIHS) . Overweight and obesity in this snapshot are calculated from the body mass index (BMI), based on height and weight information. In many cases the height and weight are self-reported, suggesting that the number and proportion of overweight and obese subjects may be underestimated.

The data on overweight and obesity has been analysed in association with: a range of other risk factors, including smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity; selected dietary factors including food security, daily consumption of fruit and vegetables, and milk consumption; long term health conditions; self-assessed health; and use of health services.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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