In Australia, the percentage of people who are overweight has gone from 40% in 1989 to 50% in 2001.
70% of adults surveyed had been involved in recreational exercise in the two weeks prior to the survey. However, 65% of males and 74% of females were classified in the group 'sedentry to low exercise levels', with 9% of males and 4% of females classified in the 'high exercise level' group. Males aged 18-24 were most likely to be classed in the 'high exercise level' group at 21% of the numbers. More people are exercising in 2001 than '89 or '95, with 5% fewer classed as sedentry and 5% more classed in the 'low exercise level', and little change in the moderate to high level classes.
In 2001, 64% of males and 58% of females considered themselves to be of acceptable weight and 30% of males and 38% of females considered themselves to be overweight.
Males are more likely than females to consider themselves at an acceptable weight when they're not, with 58% of the males assessed considered overweight according to BMI [the accuracy of which differs according to the person, as we all know]. 42% of males are overweight and 16% obese, while 25% of females are overweight and 17% obese.
Most males and females considered overweight were in the 45-74 age group. 13% of females 18-24 were classified as being underweight.
Since '89, the amount of males classified as overweight and obese has risen from 46% to 58%. In females, the increase was from 32% to 42%