DIETING AND BODY MASS
Of the 9.2 million Australians aged 15 years and over who were overweight or obese (based on their measured height and weight), one in six (17%) were on a diet at the time of the survey. The prevalence of dieting was higher among overweight/obese females (21%) than males (14%).
Of overweight or obese people, those who were on a diet were more likely to consider themselves to be overweight compared to those who were not on a diet (81% compared to 61%). Overweight or obese people on a diet were also more likely to be either dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with their weight compared to those who were not on a diet (60% and 40% respectively).