Average body mass index (BMI) among adolescent girls in India - by wealth index 2014

This statistic presents the results of a survey among households across India about the average body mass index among adolescent girls in 2013-14, based on wealth index. The mean BMI of adolescent girls among households in the lowest category of wealth index was 17.94, while it was 18.39 among households in the highest wealth index category during the survey period.

Mean body mass index or BMI among adolescent girls across India in 2014, by wealth index*

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Release date

June 2016

Region

India

Survey time period

November 2013 to May 2014

Number of respondents

105,483 respondents

Special properties

Among rural and urban households across 28 states

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, these figures are for adolescent girls between 10 and 18 years old.
Body mass index is body mass divided by the square of the body height, and is universally expressed in units of kilograms per meter square. Commonly accepted BMI ranges are underweight: under 18.5 kg/m2, normal weight: 18.5 to 25, overweight: 25 to 30, obese: over 30.
The wealth index in this survey was constructed using data on household possession of assets, infrastructure and housing characteristics collected in the household questionnaire.

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