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Weight loss and obesity

Overall, 55% of Queensland adults believe they would be healthier if they lost weight. Among adults that are overweight or obese, this increases to over 75%. Most adults (70%) want to lose 10 kg or less. Eleven per cent of Queensland adult would like to lose more than 20 kg.

Losing weight, and keeping it off, can be challenging. But, even losing smaller amounts of weight can have significant benefits—both for individuals and for the wider health system.

This visualisation demonstrates how small steps toward weight loss goals can lead to important health improvements across the entire population. Use the ‘Percentage of desired weight loss’ to see how  the number of obese Queenslanders decreases when those who want to lose weight achieve 10%, 20% or up to 100% of their desired goal.

See page 80 of the 2016 Report of the Chief Health Officer for more information.

View the data visualisation which shows the reduction in the numbers of people obese if they acheived their weight loss goals

How to use

Use the slider to select the percentage of people who achieve their weight loss goals. You can filter the population group by all persons, male, or female:

  • vertical axis: The percentage of the population with a BMI from the horizontal axis
  • horizontal axis: Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • distribution: The blue area represents the current BMI distribution of the population (no weight is lost). The green area represents the BMI distribution that would result if people achieved that weight loss.   

The data visualisation works best in browsers other than Internet Explorer, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. If you can’t see the data visualisation email

The Methods for reporting health status report (PDF, 1MB) provides definitions and further information on data sources and analysis.

Last updated: 19 November 2018