Share of obese children New Zealand 2018 by age

This statistic depicts the share of children aged between two and 14 years with a body mass index indicating being obese in New Zealand as of June 2018, by age. During the survey period, around 12.7 percent of children from New Zealand aged between five and nine years had a body mass index indicating that they were obese.

Share of children with a body mass index (BMI) indicating they are obese in New Zealand as of June 2018, by age

Share of children
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Sources

Release date

May 2019

Region

New Zealand

Survey time period

July 2017 to June 2018

Number of respondents

4,723 respondents

Age group

2-14 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Note: Release date is the date of access.

The revised International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) BMI reference values are used to classify children as either overweight or obese. The IOTF cut-off points are sex- and age-specific, and designed to coincide with the World Health Organization’s adult BMI cut-off points. The BMI cut-off points that were used in this survey were as follows:

  • thin = equivalent to a BMI of 18.5 or lower in adults (refers to children who have a low BMI for their age, rather then children who are underweight)
  • healthy weight = equivalent to a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 in adults
  • overweight but not obese = equivalent to a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9 in adults
  • obese = equivalent to a BMI of 30.0 or greater in adults.

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