Percentage of persons aged 15 years and more by Body Mass Index (BMI)

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Frequency of data release: every 5-6 years

Statistical concepts and definition: 

Body weight is possible to monitor thanks to special indicator called Body  Mass Index which is defined as a relation between a person's weight and a height, by pattern as below:

BMI = weight (kg) / height (cm)2 / 10 000

Underweight is an indicator of low weight. A body mass index (BMI) below 18.5 indicates underweight.

Overweight is an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that poses a threat to human life and health. A body mass index (BMI) equal 25 or above means overweight.

Obesity is defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health and life. A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese.

Type of observation period: yearly data

Available time series: 2009, 2014, 2019

Disaggregation: Poland; body weight according to BMI range, sex, age

Additional methodological notes:

Data source, datadisposer: The results are elaborated by Statistics Poland on the base of the European Health Interview Survey – EHIS.

Available data formats: xlsx, csv